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Jason Jenkins
Jason spent 13 years in Tokyo writing about cameras, parenting and the arts. In 2013 he left to travel, homeschooling his kids in Spain, Mexico and Southeast Asia before moving back to Japan in 2019.
For Jason Jenkins's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Oct 30, 2009
An artsy Octoberfest weekend in Tokyo
This may be Tokyo Design Week, but there are a number of interesting art events worth your time as well.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 26, 2009
A mouthful of tech marketing
All the big players in personal computing have landed in Japan to do battle, using conventional and unusual tactics. Who will come out on top?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Oct 26, 2009
Moving portraiture by Julian Opie
If you see the influence of Japanese art, both traditional and contemporary, in the work of Julian Opie, showing at Scai Bathhouse till Nov. 14, you've got a good eye.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Oct 23, 2009
Bento packaged for the global spotlight
Boxed lunches have been around for centuries in Japan, but now the rest of the world is seeing the beauty and economic good sense of bento.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 22, 2009
Japanese agency projects their message well
Nikon COOLPIX S100pj projects its features loud and clearly with the Helicopter Boyz promo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 19, 2009
Twitter swoops into the Japanese market again
Twitter stepping up its operations in Japan with a new mobile site and video capability. Will this be enough to make Japanese users start tweeting?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Oct 15, 2009
The fruits of sharing a love of art
Tokyo Art Beat set their data free and something wonderful returned, in the form of an iPhone-app guide to the city's museums and galleries.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Oct 11, 2009
Tokyo venues thinking outside the box
For musicians who want play somewhere beyond smoky basement clubs, Tokyo has options.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 9, 2009
Japan's Uniqlo bent on world domination, reasonably priced socks
Opening in Paris and teaming up with Jill Sander, Tadashi Yanai's Uniqlo obviously has the freedom to move into any market it wants to.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / Japan Pulse
Oct 3, 2009
Japanese gamers buy up Google's City Streets
So fitting that the Internet titan Google is turning the world into a game a Monopoly. Wanna buy Omotesando? Sure, but can you pay the property tax?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 2, 2009
Japanese R&D brings 3D technology closer to home
We all love those retro 3D glasses, but now (or very soon) it is the time to fasten your seat belts for trip into the real deal.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Sep 30, 2009
What's in the cards for the future of sumo?
Relying on the tried-and-test cute formula, the beleaguered sumo association rolls out 'sekitori-kun,' a series of chicken little mascots.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Sep 24, 2009
Haikyo: exploring abandoned Japan
'Haikyo,' urban exploration, has caught on big-time in Japan, but breaking into abandoned buildings has its downside.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Sep 20, 2009
Nawa Kohei: From the outside in
With his crystalline-casted statues, artist Nawa Kohei sheds fractal light on multiple perspectives and the transient nature of the truth.
LIFE / Digital / Japan Pulse
Sep 17, 2009
Google Japan explains Street View adorably
Google Japan gets cute with its explanation of Street View.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Sep 16, 2009
The pill still hard to swallow in Japan
The Pill turns 10 this month in Japan ... so why is it still unpopular and yanmama's so hot?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Sep 16, 2009
The feminine side of Gundam
New Type, a Gundam-themed transvestite bar in Akihabara, takes cosplay and host/hostess bars to a new level.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Sep 11, 2009
New strapless facemask may ruffle a few feathers
Need a new faskmask for the flu season? Go strapless . . . if you dare.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Sep 10, 2009
Electric bicycles take charge
A surge in electric bicycle sales means cleaner air, but for many, it's all about the bottom line and having a helpful push up that hill.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Sep 4, 2009
Everyone wants a piece of Peko-chan
Just what or who is behind the increase in stolen Pekon-chan dolls? And have we seen the end of it?

Longform

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