Satoshi Iizuka
For Satoshi Iizuka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Dec 30, 2013
Tokyo bathhouses look to tap foreigners but ensure they behave
Bathhouses in Tokyo are taking greater steps to welcome foreigners visiting the capital by preparing a guidance manual and poster in several languages to help them understand the proper etiquette for communal bathing so they can avoid embarrassments.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2013
Prank pictures on SNS cause storm
In a society where cleanliness is revered, a series of pictures showing unhygienic pranks involving food industry workers and customers has triggered a media storm after going viral on social-networking services.
Japan Times
Feb 23, 2013
Aging islanders long for Takeshima's return
With Friday the day that Japan commemorates incorporating Takeshima, a group of rocky Sea of Japan islets now controlled by South Korea, the aging residents of nearby islands have not given up hope that the disputed outcroppings may one day be returned to Japan.
Mar 3, 2010
City sets up 'otaku' complex
KITAKYUSHU — The city of Kitakyushu is seeking to boost international exchange for "otaku" enthusiasts of Japanese subculture by creating an arts-business complex including a "manga" comic museum and a variety of shops by around 2012.
Jan 13, 2010
Makers of traditional cotton textiles aim for markets abroad
KITAKYUSHU — Kitakyushu, with its eyes on foreign markets, is reviving the manufacture of a once-vanished traditional cotton textile.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on