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For Alex Martin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jomon revival: Interest in Japan's indigenous hunter-gathers grows

Culture Dec 21, 2019

Jomon revival: Interest in Japan's indigenous hunter-gathers grows

From his hilltop studio in the suburbs of Tokyo, Taku Oshima is reviving an ancient form of body art tradition he believes was practiced by the indigenous hunter-gatherers that inhabited Japan thousands of years ago. Lines, circles, dots, spirals, and other geometric shapes and patterns ...

The white rose that blossoms in the rain

Lifestyle Oct 6, 2019

The white rose that blossoms in the rain

White Rose Co. invented the plastic umbrella in the 1950s when Mitsuo Sudo was inspired by vinyl tablecloths brought to Japan by occupation forces. Now it's just one of few makers weathering the storm of cheap, mass-produced imports.