Rebecca Saunders
For Rebecca Saunders's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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LIFE / Travel / Longform
May 22, 2023
Luxury hotels are on the rise as Japan woos the wealthy
From plush city hotels to beach resorts, establishments costing over ¥100,000 a night are becoming a common sight.
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LIFE / Travel
Apr 29, 2023
The starts and stops of road tripping in Japan
From tolls and traffic to expensive parking, driving to your vacation destination in Japan isn't always a smooth ride.
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CULTURE / Longform
Apr 24, 2023
Showa seduction: The unending attraction of retro Japan
Yet another generation is smitten with mid-20th century Showa Era style, designs and products. Is there more to it than nostalgia?
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2022
Polluted waterways: Examining the health of Japan’s rivers
The functional use of Japan's rivers has severely impacted water quality and public health, drawing intense scrutiny over the years.
Japan Times
Aug 13, 2022
Summertime sadness: How to manage the warm weather blues
Think seasonal affective disorder is a winter-only woe? In Japan's scorching summers, think again.
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LIFE / Style & Design / Longform
May 21, 2022
The enduring influence of mingei design
What began as a folk art around 100 years ago has gradually worked its way into the fabric of everyday life in Japan.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Apr 16, 2022
Money matters: Fight inflation with better finance fundamentals
In the face of inflation-induced price hikes, it's back to basics for personal finance.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2022
Are you headed for a Japanese quarantine? Here’s what you could be in for.
Japan is relaxing its re-entry rules from March, but there's still a good chance you'll end up at the “Hotel Quarantine.” One person's experience gives a glimpse of what you might encounter.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 26, 2021
COVID-safe ways to ring in the new year in Japan
With infection rates nationwide dwindling, many are thinking of returning to more traditional celebrations as the year winds down to a close.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 11, 2021
Tokyo’s best Christmas markets
It's never too early to get into the festive spirit at these domestic incarnations of the annual European celebrations.
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LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
Dec 6, 2021
‘Modern girls’: Japan's first recognizable youth culture movement
Young women in the late 1920s and '30s exuded a sense of affluence and independence that is still apparent today.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2021
Terry Ellis: ‘You take Japan with you … it’s a way of living’
At the start of the pandemic Terry Ellis made the move to Japan, but the creative part of him had already been calling it home for years.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2021
The Yamathon gets a COVID-era rebrand
The Yamathon is a more pandemic-friendly event this year, and like a climb up Mount Fuji it is turning into an activity that everyone should at least try once.
Japan Times
Oct 25, 2021
I felt fluish and then … I lost my sense of smell and taste
After catching COVID-19, it wasn't the hotlines or hospitals that helped — it was the kindness of one stranger.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 24, 2021
Masks, monsters and munchies: Get your spook on this Halloween
Halloween is an annual excuse for people of any age to dress up, decorate and eat way too many treats. Here's how everyone can enjoy this frightfully fun holiday in 2021.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 3, 2021
Brace yourself for seasonal sniffles and an influx of insects
If you've got allergies again, surprise! It's the start of autumn. Here's what to do to get yourself (and your home) ready for the start of sweater season.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 29, 2021
Self-care tips from experts to get you out of the delta doldrums
Lethargy. Languishing. Listlessness. Whatever you call it, it's what we're all feeling. The important thing is you're not alone, and there are ways to get through this prolonged state.
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PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics / Longform
Aug 23, 2021
Can the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics create a watershed moment in disability awareness in Japan?
Paralympians are poised to fight for medals and respect at a Games devoid of spectators.
Japan Times
Aug 15, 2021
Carmen Roberts: After the pandemic, ‘people will make better holiday choices'
An award-winning travel journalist, Carmen Roberts finds her past in her work and says people will appreciate travel more in the future.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 1, 2021
Where to find the best running routes in Tokyo
Is the sight of athletes striving for gold inspiring you to put on a pair of running shoes? Here are some of the best places to head out on a mid-week marathon (or 5K) of your own in Tokyo.


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan