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Kathryn Wortley
For Kathryn Wortley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Jan 27, 2018
Yumiko Oho teaches the ABC's of life in Italy
The desire to escape Japan's old-school notion of gender roles paved the way for a former bank employee to discover business opportunities overseas.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 31, 2017
New year, new opportunities: What to expect in the Year of the Dog
Faithful, intelligent, warm and full of energy, the dog has long held its place as man's best friend. That's good news as we approach 2018, the Year of the Dog, because, according to the Chinese calendar, the next 12 months will be largely shaped by canine traits.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Nov 11, 2017
Light designer creates European ambience
From a young age, Stuttgart-born Megumi Ito always felt "a bit different" from people in her seaside home of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Oct 13, 2017
Yamabushi: Japan's ancient tradition of mountain ascetics opens to the public
Even the local residents look surprised at our attire.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Oct 7, 2017
Monk Kaishun Nishigaya's voyage from Japan to Seattle, Alaska and Saipan
Nishigaya was offered a resident ministry at Seattle Nichiren Buddhist Church and, undeterred by the 14-day journey by ship to reach the United States, snapped it up.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Sep 22, 2017
The safe thrills of indoor skydiving come to Kanto
With the call of "Standby!" the butterflies in my stomach start to dance.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Sep 8, 2017
Hiking the lesser-known parts of the Nakasendo
Peeping through the wooden slats, I start to realize that the inhabitants of the home I'm in prioritized safety and practicality over comfort.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Aug 12, 2017
Soprano Misaki Morino follows the music to Vienna
For Misaki Morino, Vienna lives up to both its names: The City of Music and The City of Dreams.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Jun 10, 2017
Misa Kuranaga: Dancing up a storm in Boston
After being nominated for one of the highest global honors in ballet in May, Misa Kuranaga could be forgiven for relaxing her gruelling training regime. But the 34-year-old from Osaka remains as motivated as ever.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Apr 29, 2017
Masako Nemoto-Deacon: Bringing experience abroad to the workplace
It was love that drew Masako Nemoto-Deacon to her current home, London, but she believes that leaving Japan had been inevitable.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 11, 2017
Unlocking Tokyo's history one step at a time with guided walking tours
Tokyo has never had a reputation for being walkable.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Feb 18, 2017
Himakajima: A seafood paradise known for octopus doubles down on a wave of tourism
In a small, open space a few streets from the harbor, rows of octopus flutter in the breeze.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 7, 2017
Heavy metal in Japan: Love of craft runs deep
Although 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, fire is not the only element destined to influence the next 12 months. Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac years is governed by one of five elements: wood, fire, earth, water and metal, resulting in 2017 taking the element of fire. According to the Five Elements Theory, however, each of the zodiac animals is also associated with an element. For the rooster, that element is metal. A rooster year, therefore, has long been associated with the fruits of metal such as jewelry and other decorative arts.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 31, 2016
New year, new you: What to expect personally and professionally in the Year of the Rooster
If you haven't made a New Year's resolution or have been too busy for the customary ōsōji (big cleanup) this holiday season, there is still time, according to feng shui. Under the Chinese philosophical system, the new year is marked by the lunar, rather than Gregorian, or solar, calendar, giving us about five weeks to prepare mentally and physically for 2017.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Dec 31, 2016
Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano
"Is the temperature alright for you ma'am?" my Japanese attendant asks in a polished U.S. accent as he cheerfully heaps another pile of hot sand on my torso.

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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