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Kathryn Wortley
For Kathryn Wortley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Mar 20, 2021
The pandemic left Japanese students studying abroad scrambling. A year later, what’s happened to their academic dreams?
Students who had their programs disrupted are grappling with tough choices: study online, wait until borders reopen or abandon their study abroad.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 1, 2021
After a year of anxiety, what can we expect from the Year of the Ox in 2021?
Astrologers say the ox denotes hard work, positivity and honesty — stable qualities that will be manifested in all of us in some way or another over the next 12 months.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 26, 2020
Japanese abroad adjust to new realities of life in a foreign community amid COVID-19
Uncertainty surrounding the outbreak has forced many Japanese living overseas to view their future with fearful optimism.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 28, 2020
Masters of their craft: Japanese artisans go abroad to preserve a cultural tradition
Three Japanese artisans fight to save traditional crafts in their adopted homeland
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 21, 2020
Masters of their craft: Foreign apprentices reveal their life-changing experiences in Japan
You don't master traditional Japanese crafts, says Japanese lacquerware artist Suzanne Ross, “they master you.”
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 22, 2020
Yellow brick roads: How Japan's tactile paving aids solo travel
Revolutionary tiles may have given the visually impaired more independence, but developers aren't content to rest on their laurels just yet.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jul 19, 2020
Managing eating disorders and mental health during COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily life, stressors and anxiety persist and, in some cases, manifest in damaging eating habits.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 18, 2020
Call of the wild: The challenges of rural migration in Japan
The surge in new COVID-19 cases in urban areas has had some residents weighing opportunities in more isolated communities. But what sort of life can they expect?
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
May 11, 2020
Yuriko Kotani embraces Britain’s penchant for irony and dark comedy
Standup comedian's comparisons of Japan and the United Kingdom have not only have delighted English-speaking audiences across the world, they have also helped her embrace her identity.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Feb 22, 2020
Satoru Naito: Starting up in San Francisco
Moving to Silicon Valley was a no-brainer for Naito — it was where Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook, and where he knew he'd be inspired to start a business.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 1, 2020
New year, new opportunities: What to expect in the Year of the Rat
The smallest of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, the rat had only an outside chance in the Jade Emperor's race to determine the zodiac's order. Yet its intelligence, agility and quick-thinking enabled it to win the contest and become the first year in the system's 12-year cycle.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Feb 9, 2019
Yu Nakamura: A sweet affinity between Japan and Thailand
An entrepreneur and cultural innovator, Yu Nakamura helps Thai farmers with her coconut sugar business.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 5, 2019
Examining Japan's traditional paper trail
As temperatures drop across the country, washi makers nationwide enter their peak production season.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 29, 2018
New year, new opportunities: What to expect in the Year of the Boar
Boars have an inherently bad reputation.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Nov 3, 2018
Daichi Nakamura: In pursuit of perfection
This year marks 25 years of violin study for Daichi Nakamura. His practice has earned him a host of international accolades and the position of guest soloist at renowned symphony orchestras in Europe such as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Sep 22, 2018
Yuichiro Hori: Designing a new life in China
An early designing post in Shanghai leads to a full-time business move
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Aug 18, 2018
Helping bean-to-bar chocolate bloom in Japan
For Tomoya Yamashiki, chief strategist of Dandelion Chocolate Japan, Inc., U.S. entrepreneurism opened doors to a new sweet way of life.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 8, 2018
Watch your step, the turtles are hatching on Yakushima
Yakushima island's loggerhead turtles are a huge tourist draw, but volunteer conservationist groups are feeling the nightly strain of protecting vulnerable hatchlings.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Apr 21, 2018
Naoyuki Kawahara: Helping Sudan heal with medicine and more
Naoyuki Kawahara quit his job as a medical attache for the Embassy of Japan in Sudan to set up a non-profit organization, Rociantes, and provide much-needed medical care in Sudan.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Mar 17, 2018
Miki Bartley: A guiding spirit for Japanese tourists
After 27 years in the United Kingdom, Blue Badge tourist guide Miki Bartley still loves to show visitors around.

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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