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Mai Yoshikawa
For Mai Yoshikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Dec 11, 2019
'Moving meditation': Tokyo gym owner helping clients kick their lives into gear
Meditation may be one way to care for your mental health, but for those who would rather find their own version of peace and serenity through punches and kicks, a Tokyo gym owner might have the answer.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 16, 2019
Eat, sleep and stay green at one of Japan's eco hotels
Living toxin-free is difficult, but plotting a quick wellness getaway at a hotel with an ecologically conscious approach to delivering services is more than doable at Bio Hotels Japan.
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BUSINESS
Oct 2, 2019
Tokyo entrepreneur's advice for parents and kids: It's never too early to teach financial literacy
Some say shortcuts are cheating, but multimillionaire investor, financial educator and bestselling author Sami Mian understands that's the route to riches most high achievers take.
Japan Times
CULTURE
Jul 23, 2019
Miyavi is on a mission to change Japan's tune on refugees
In his lesser-known role as a refugee advocate, Miyavi, aka the samurai guitarist, asks that people look beyond the headline numbers before declaring Japan unwelcoming to asylum-seekers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Jun 19, 2019
Best-selling author and mom says Japanese parents should let kids fail to succeed
The bizarre and unreasonable rules that schools in Japan enforce upon children are not preparing them for the modern world where technology is changing what it means to be a human, says Agnes Chan, a bestselling author of parenting books.
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JAPAN / Society
Mar 14, 2019
Addiction specialist urges Japan to treat over-gaming as a mental disorder
How much gaming is too much gaming?
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 20, 2019
Nail technician gets the upper hand
Nail technician Naoko Takano, who has spent half of her life tending to the nails of customers, including a roster of celebrity clients, talks about the nail art boom in Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 18, 2018
Mindfulness in times of distraction
Mindfulness coach Junya Ogino believes that if leaders learned more about mindfulness and meditation, their employees would also reap the benefits.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Nov 15, 2018
Model Anna Yuki hasn't just embraced her gray hair, she has embraced who she is
When in-demand mature-age model Anna Yuki reached her personal "do or dye" moment, she chose gray hair over the color bottle, and graceful aging over the pursuit of youth.
Japan Times
CULTURE
Oct 15, 2018
Shuichi Takizawa: The comedian with a knack for trash talk
Have you ever thought about where your trash goes after it's tossed into a basket and whisked away by the garbage truck that shows up like clockwork every week?
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Sep 26, 2018
Can Japan become a 'fitness nation'? Aya thinks so
Don't be fooled by her child-like grin and bubbly down-to-earth personality. Aya Osanai is serious about her mission to rewrite the rules of fitness and front a campaign to get Japan into shape.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 28, 2018
'Housekeeping legend' Shima Tassin's advice: When in Japan, do as the French do
In sleepless Tokyo where people are always on the go, gathering around a table to share a meal and reflect on the day may seem like a dying tradition.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 28, 2018
Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists
When life gave her lemons, film star Kirin Kiki didn't make lemonade, but wild grass enzyme juice.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Jun 21, 2018
Fashion comes from within, says Japanese style guru Naoko Okusa
If you ask Naoko Okusa how to dress your best, she will tell you to look inside yourself before you stare into a cluttered closet or at an oversized mirror.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 14, 2018
Unsuccessful with IVF, Japanese actress Jun Sena's quest for a child succeeds via adoption
Like the Japanese proverb "fall seven times and stand up eight," Jun Sena made seven failed attempts to conceive through in vitro fertilization before she turned the odds of having a child in her favor.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 5, 2018
Work-life harmony, not balance, the answer for this Japanese single dad
Juggling work and life as a parent is never easy, but how does a father who keeps irregular hours due to his successful acting career deal with the magnitude of challenges that come with being a single dad?
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 3, 2018
'I'm not one to hide': Yukiya Terai shows pride in both his sexuality and his skill as a chef
Yukiya Terai exudes confidence in all facets of his life — from his sexuality to the flair he brings to the kitchen.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Jan 18, 2018
'Rich Dad Poor Dad' author Robert Kiyosaki appeals for financial literacy
With a high literacy rate and a strong work ethic that embodies the samurai code of conduct, it is easy to assume Japan is well placed in the global race for economic ascendency.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 17, 2017
Japanese model Rinka wants women to know there's no shame in aging
The prefix "anti" is often used before the word "aging" in Japan, as if there are only two choices — youth and beauty, or age and wisdom — and the former is preferred to the latter.
Japan Times
SUMO
Oct 4, 2017
Sumo pulls out all the stops at promotional event
Rikishi in Japan are coming up big — literally and figuratively — doing little things to promote the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and, though not part of the Olympic program, the ancient national sport of sumo.

Longform

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?