author

 
 

Meta

Claire Williamson
For Claire Williamson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Apr 13, 2019
Single O: Creating next-generation, climate-resilient coffees
Through its No Death to Coffee project, which launched in 2018, Single O and its Tokyo-based outpost, Single O Japan, hope to ensure there will always be enough coffee to drink sustainably in the future.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 9, 2019
Weaving in and out of a century of art
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo's re-opening exhibition is an ambitious exploration of an entire century's worth of art that runs through the majority of the museum building and spans four floors. Allow yourself ample time to make your way through it.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Mar 30, 2019
Nemo Glassman: Bringing that extra variable to Japan travel
Name: Nemo Glassman
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 15, 2019
Galleries galore! Tokyo’s must-visit museums
Which are the best museums to visit when in Tokyo? Read on to find our favorite galleries and exhibition spaces, exhibiting everything from fine art to the weird and the wonderful.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Mar 9, 2019
Starbucks' Reserve Roastery Tokyo is a 'coffee wonderland'
Starbucks' 3,000-square-meter Reserve Roastery Tokyo goes above and beyond in embracing local Japanese design and aesthetics, not to mention an unwavering commitment to coffee.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 21, 2019
Inua scoops Arrival of the Year prize at the World Restaurant Awards
At the inaugural awards ceremony for The World Restaurant Awards (WRA) in Paris on Feb. 18, Tokyo-based Inua took home the Big Plate award for Arrival of the Year, a prize for new restaurants that opened between Sept. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018. Of the five Japan-based restaurants on the 2019 WRA shortlist, Inua was the only one to win in its category.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Feb 9, 2019
Sleep if you can: Tokyo's best cafe-hotel combinations
With the number of visitors to Japan continuing to grow, many hotels and hostels around the country have incorporated specialty coffee shops into their spaces not only to attract inbound visitors, but also to become more accessible, community-focused hubs for locals.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel / A Weekend In
Feb 9, 2019
A weekend in Toyota and Nagoya: Where technology meets tradition
Toyota will host four games for the Rugby World Cup at its 45,000-capacity Toyota Stadium. Read our guide to the city to find out what to do when you're in Toyota and neighboring Nagoya for the weekend.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS ABOUT JAPAN
Feb 2, 2019
Familiar tropes but not much plot in Haruki Murakami's 'Killing Commendatore'
With Haruki Murakami's latest novel, "Killing Commendatore," die-hard fans might find something to enjoy in the writer's trademark, albeit under-edited, style, but one gets the feeling Murakami has gotten too comfortable with his own style.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language
Jan 21, 2019
Emailing business connections in Japanese is simple if you remember a few handy phrases
The most important thing to remember when writing work-related emails is your manners. Polite Japanese is necessary even when dealing with someone you know, which means a lot of honorifics and thank-yous.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Jan 12, 2019
35Coffee: An inspired partnership between coffee and coral
35Coffee is using the profits from its coffee sales to plant new coral across Okinawa Prefecture
Japan Times
LIFE / Language
Dec 10, 2018
The third-wave coffee boom has resulted in a new wave of java-related Japanese vocabulary
Coffee talk is more than just cream and sugar when it comes to cafes that specialize in third-wave coffee.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Dec 8, 2018
Kurasu: Yozo Otsuki's blend of coffee and lifestyle
Kurasu — a romanized rendition of the Japanese word for "to live," or "lifestyle" — is a multifaceted business that combines an online shop, a monthly coffee subscription service, brick-and-mortar cafes in Kyoto and Singapore and, opening in Kyoto in December, its own roastery.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS ABOUT JAPAN
Dec 8, 2018
Tadao Tsuge's 'Slum Wolf': A gritty, discomfiting yet necessary manga
Tadao Tsuge's "Slum Wolf," a collection of nine of the artist's short stories translated into English, deals with difficult topics in a gritty, yet dynamic, art style.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel / A Weekend In
Dec 8, 2018
A weekend in Saitama: Coffee, temples and a spot of river rafting
Kick off a weekend in Saitama Prefecture in Kumagaya, an excellent starting point for a trip that will take you all across the region u2014 from river rafting in the forested mountains of Chichibu to the historical alleys of Kawagoe.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Nov 24, 2018
Max Goshko-Dankov: Public art returns lost personal connections
Russian artist Max Goshko-Dankov on his talent for combining incompatible colors, the role of art in modern society and how adult coloring helps you get in touch with yourself.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Nov 10, 2018
Social Good Roasters: Balancing coffee and community
Social Good Roasters is a social welfare organization that specifically employees people with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism and teaches them everything from how to sort unroasted coffee beans to the process of brewing and roasting.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Oct 27, 2018
Patrick Wheare: From tabula rasa to building community
Architect and Shibaura House project manager Patrick Wheare on why he's a flamingo, Japanese architecture and the local Shibaura community.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS ABOUT JAPAN
Oct 27, 2018
No stories for the squeamish in Asa Nonami's 'Body'
In each macabre tale from the short story collection "Body," Asa Nonami zooms in on a particular superficial fixation of modern society and proceeds to follow a "what if" question down a twisted rabbit hole.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Oct 13, 2018
Jailhouse Coffee: Organic roasts 'to have fun with'
Founded in 2015, the playfully branded Jailhouse Coffee is an organic line of beans roasted in Queens, New York and sold throughout the U.S. u2014 as well as Japan.

Longform

Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves