While many associate the kimono with Japanese tradition, renewed interest in the garment at home and abroad is giving it a new lease on life.
Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.
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Attempts are being made to enhance the visibility and availability of sign language across the nation.
What do The Rock, Hulk Hogan and John Cena have in common? A shared love of Tokyo’s Steak House Ribera.
The notion of legal partnerships is gaining acceptance and yet entrenched political obstacles remain.
Comic Saku Yanagawa is making a name for himself in the U.S., but with racist hecklers and awkward Zoom gigs, he’s facing his toughest crowds yet.
The death of ‘Terrace House’ star Hana Kimura in May has thrust the issue of suicide back into the national spotlight.
The workplaces that employees nationwide are slowly returning to are unlikely to be the same as the ones they left when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.
With social distancing measures likely to stay in place in Japan for some time, what impact will they have on the way we interact with each other?
Tokyo's Olympic dream is still alive — for now — but many athletes have been left wondering if their hard work will all be for nothing.
With many schools closed until early May, families are struggling to juggle the needs of young children with remote work responsibilities.