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Kajsa Skarsgard
For Kajsa Skarsgard's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
May 16, 2018
Swedish-Japanese swordsmith forges his destiny in Yamaguchi after trial by fire
Driving through the valleys outside Hofu in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Yasha Yukawa scours the surrounding rice paddies for the raw material he covets. He is constantly on the lookout for rice straw, but only the farmers that harvest the traditional way preserve it.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
May 9, 2018
Swedish life coach channels force of positive thinking
The soft sound of bodies moving in thick cotton fabric and naked feet stroking the dojo floor is interrupted by loud shouts, causing a man passing by on his bike to turn his head. Through the large windows, he watches the children and adults as they punch phantom antagonists before of them.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 23, 2018
No right way to complete Shikoku's 88-temple pilgrimage
"Get in the car." An old woman in thick glasses and a knitted hat gestures from her seat behind the wheel.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
Mar 10, 2018
Fukushima looks to renewable energy sources in the aftermath of nuclear disaster
Locally owned renewable power stations in Fukushima Prefecture are challenging the status quo in their drive toward a nuclear- and fossil-free future
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Dec 15, 2017
Leave ordinary life behind at a Japanese garden in Oregon
Visitors to the Portland Japanese Garden are invited to engage their senses in the subtleties of nature.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Jul 26, 2017
The Japanese 'Tunnel Man' of Alaska: Not quite life on Mars, but pretty out-there
With his dream of inhabiting the red planet out of reach, Kenji Yoshikawa instead sought out similar landscapes on Earth and teaches kids about Mars-style permafrost.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
May 10, 2017
Skills forged in Kyushu, blades forged in Oregon
After failing to win respect for his craft in Japan, 17th-generation bladesmith Murray Carter brought the Yoshimoto name to Portland.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?