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Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 28, 2017
Speed and tradition at the Zamami Yacht Race
Every year, toward the beginning of July, the waters of Zamami Island — so blue as to seem synthetic — are disturbed by a fleet of yachts. Almost 60 in number, the yachts cut elegant figures across the ocean, their hulls heeling and sails billowing as the prevailing south-westerlies drive them through...
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 23, 2017
Off to the races: The Super GT at Oita's Autopolis course
Drive an hour south of Fukuoka and take a right at the city of Hita and you'll find yourself skirting the edge of Lake Bairin.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 9, 2017
Pleasure and peril: How to climb Mount Fuji in the off-season
I first climbed Mount Fuji in the summer of 2015, a dizzying ascent up the northeastern Yoshida trail accompanied by a group of friends from university who were as keen as I to summit Japan's tallest mountain.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jun 7, 2017
Views from Fukuoka: Who would you vote for in the U.K. election and how might recent terrorist attacks affect the result?
U.K. citizen residents of Japan offer their thoughts on the British general election in the wake of terrorist attacks on London and Manchester.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
May 24, 2017
Can Fukuoka live up to the tech startup hype?
Three foreign members of the Fukuoka tech entrepreneur community discuss whether the city's efforts to style itself as an international startup hub are paying off.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Apr 7, 2017
Of hidden Christians and electric cars on the Goto Islands
I was promised that my journey to Fukue — the largest of the Goto Islands west of Kyushu — would be an uneventful one. My berth, a simple bunk with a matt screen for privacy, was comfortable, and the gentle rocking of the ferry as it crossed the Genkai Sea, combined with a midnight departure, sent...

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals