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Joan Bailey
For Joan Bailey's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
Jul 30, 2022
Four-year forests: The Japanese way to 'rewild the world'
Created in the 1970s, the Miyawaki method can help new saplings grow an average of a meter every year u2014 a godsend for deforested areas.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 9, 2022
A Kobe farmers market opens Tha Door for craft beer-loving couple
Momentum was building around In Tha Door Brewing's collaborations but it wasnu2019t until 2018 when the Nakatos decided something more formal was needed.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Feb 5, 2022
Quilting in the midst of a pandemic
Japanu2019s quilters use new work and a new show to sew past to present
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 31, 2021
Nendo’s Petit Market is a little farm stand with a big impact
Known for cutting-edge designs that transform everyday items into the extraordinary, Nendo is turning its attention to food waste and rural areas with its version of Japanu2019s mujinhanbaijo.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 1, 2021
Tokyo’s restaurants have a story to tell. Somekind Japan’s ‘Take away Tokyo’ series helps them do it.
With the purchase of a book written by and about their favorite restaurants, foodies can support local establishments and learn more about the people behind them.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Mar 14, 2021
Fromage Sen creates a cheese that Japan can call its own
Chiyo Shibata used her training in microbiology to come up with award-winning and uniquely Japanese cheeses that include touches of sake lees and salted rice mold.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Feb 20, 2021
Dive into rural Japanese life and get comfortable working with your hands
Part memoir, travelogue, ethnography and cookbook, u201cWater, Wood, and Wild Thingsu201d explores the intricate connections of new and old in a town in balance.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Feb 13, 2021
Yoko Nagatomo Shiomi: An unusual heir to a 144-year-old miso brewery
Thanks to its strong female leadership, Kanena Miso & Soy Sauce Brewery has weathered war, shifts in taste and now the pandemic.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Jan 10, 2021
VinVie breathes life (and cider) into Matsukawa
Nobuko Takemura co-founded VinVie Winery & Cidery to spread the gospel of cider in Japan and give local apple growers a much-needed boost.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 26, 2020
Kohachi Beerworks gives a whole new meaning to ‘local beer’
Julien and Nobuko Caudron source almost all of the ingredients for their brews from the tiny town of Kamiseya.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Dec 12, 2020
Want a deeper understanding of Tokyo’s culinary landscape? Just ask Yukari Sakamoto.
The first non-Japanese to become a shu014dchu016b advisor, this chef, sommelier and tour guide built her career on sharing Tokyou2019s best with the world.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Nov 7, 2020
Dawn Club culinary group shines a light on Tsugaru’s traditional cuisine
Odds are youu2019ve never heard of Tsugaru, or its culinary history. But one group of farmers is trying to keep traditional dishes alive.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Oct 10, 2020
Keiko Seto pushes the limits of vegan food
Art director-turned-chef Keiko Seto harnesses organic produce for Miqueu2019s multicultural, plant-based menu u2014 and she does it out of a garage.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Sep 12, 2020
The ever-evolving curiosity of Ayako Suwa
Food performance artist Ayako Suwa harnesses emotions such as anger, happiness and remorse, translating them into sensory culinary experiences.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Aug 9, 2020
Masayo Funakoshi: Making a place for art in the kitchen
Chef Masayo Funakoshi has cooked all around the world, blending art, artists, music and community around her eclectic mix of dishes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Jul 11, 2020
Yuri Nomura: The interplay between good food and a good life
Chef, writer and media star Yuri Nomura dove into organic food a decade ago, and has spent her career promoting the ties between farmer and consumer.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jun 27, 2020
Zen on Zoom: Community meditation moves online
Several Japanese Buddhist temples have started digital Zen meditation sessions, bringing a sense of community to a global audience.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Jun 13, 2020
Yubako Kamohara: Taking center counter at Tsurutokame
Yubako Kamohara leads Japanu2019s only all-female kaiseki restaurant, Tsurutokame. But becoming an itamae chef wasnu2019t her original plan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
May 9, 2020
Not a sake lover? You just haven’t met sommelier Yuki Imanishi
At Sake Lovers Inc., founder Yuki Imanishi works with 100 small breweries across Japan to promote their products and connect them directly with consumers.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 25, 2020
Where to order vegetable delivery boxes in Japan
From individual farmers to cooperatives, here are six ways to bring sustenance to your doorstep.

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