Kimberly Hughes
For Kimberly Hughes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
As a young man, preserving the 400-year-old Ueda Soko Ryu tea ceremony school, which had survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, was always on Soko Ueda's mind.
Nov 11, 2023
‘Life is for being who I am — not who others expect me to be’
A soon-to-be 17th-generation tea ceremony grandmaster shares the journey he took in embracing his family heritage and preserving a Hiroshima tradition.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Environment
Jun 17, 2023
Want to ‘live like a human’? Escape to a Seto island
Tourists might know the Seto Inland Sea as one of Japan’s unsung travel gems, but more and more people are considering it a place to start life anew.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 5, 2023
At Kyoto's mystical L'Escamoteur, cocktails akin to 'remedies for the soul'
More than one Kyoto drinker has fallen under Cristophe Rossi"s beguiling spell.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 21, 2023
Half-farming, half-anything: Japan’s rural lifestyle revolution
Leaving Japan"s suffocating metropolises behind is as simple as a passion, a modest profit and plot of land.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 17, 2022
On Chiba's coast, a secret herb garden thrives
Hiromi Sasaki left her life in Osaka and Tokyo behind. Her new one? Grown straight from the soil of the Boso Peninsula.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Jun 6, 2022
Same-sex couples in Japan navigate the joys and challenges of parenthood
LGBTQ couples barred from accessing assisted reproductive procedures in Japan are embarking on their own journey as they attempt to raise children of their own.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 17, 2022
No boundaries — culinary, cultural and other — at Meraki Syokudou
Chef-owner Hiroaki Suzuki relies on his inner creative compass to craft a truly remarkable dining experience.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2022
Teshikaga Extreme Cold Art Festival: ‘A place created by gods and artists’
The annual event, which takes place in Japanu2019s coldest onsen town, finds inspiration in the dramatic natural beauty of Hokkaido winters.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 14, 2021
Elab wants you to opt-in to a circular economy
Operated by a group of young creative professionals, elab u2014 a portmanteau of u201claboratoryu201d and erabu, meaning u201cto chooseu201d u2014 encompasses a kitchen, a living laboratory and a rooftop garden.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 12, 2021
Shozo Street is ‘sacred ground’ for cafe lovers
The town of Kuroiso might seem an unlikely candidate for one of Japanu2019s top coffee destinations. But Shozo Kikuchi has kicked off 30 years of community revitalization, one cafe at a time.


Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago