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Bags of fun recycling old JTs

| Apr 17, 2011

Bags of fun recycling old JTs

In Japan, English-language newspapers are great sources of news and views and such (some more than others, of course). But a new use for them has lately arisen, with patrons of mini-trucks selling baked yaki-imo (sweet potatoes) in upscale Tokyo office districts thinking it ...

Capturing the eerie beauty of Chernobyl

| Apr 17, 2011

Capturing the eerie beauty of Chernobyl

Pripyat, Ukraine, has been a ghost town for the last 25 years. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's No. 4 reactor experienced a sudden power surge resulting in several explosions and fires that sent a massive amount of nuclear debris into ...

Peace Boat rallies help for victims

Mar 25, 2011

Peace Boat rallies help for victims

A nongovernmental organization based in Tokyo is recruiting volunteers, both Japanese and non-Japanese, to travel to Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, and work to help those who are still suffering there after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Peace Boat, a group that promotes international exchange ...

Disaster analysis you may not hear elsewhere

Mar 20, 2011

Disaster analysis you may not hear elsewhere

The seemingly limited information being provided by both the government and the operating company, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), about the ongoing disaster at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is a source of widespread public concern. However, a nonprofit organization focused on nuclear ...

Ceramics fair dishes up gold

/ Mar 18, 2011

Ceramics fair dishes up gold

Looking for your new favorite cup or dish? You could find something just right at Ceramics and Porcelain Fair 2011 in Fukuoka. Some 200,000 works of ceramics and porcelain made by 200 pottery studios from across Japan will be exhibited and sold at the fair, ...

Cuban singer teams with Japanese pianist

/ Mar 11, 2011

Cuban singer teams with Japanese pianist

A Cuban singer and a Japanese pianist are teaming up to bring salsa music to Yokohama. Singer-songwriter Jorge Luis Rojas, professionally known as Rojitas, is known for his vocal ability in his native Cuba, where he has been dubbed "the golden voice." He first attracted ...

Yang Sok Gil: Writing about wrongs at home and abroad

| Feb 6, 2011

Yang Sok Gil: Writing about wrongs at home and abroad

Yang Sok Gil is renowned for his novels describing, with remarkable humanity and humor, people's wanton desires and the problems they cause, often from the viewpoint of minorities in Japan or elsewhere. As a second-generation Korean resident of Japan, Yang was born in 1936 to ...

Japan's nail-art pioneer recalls the early years

Jan 30, 2011

Japan's nail-art pioneer recalls the early years

Sachiko Nakasone, Japan's pioneer nail technician and principal of NSJ Nail Academy in Tokyo, first recalls seeing signs for nail salons in 1972 when she visited Long Beach, California, as a hair stylist with a Japanese advertising agency. At the time, she wondered whether those ...

What drew you to Expo?

/ Jan 30, 2011

What drew you to Expo?

To find out what pointed people in the direction of Tokyo Nail Expo — and if they could put their finger on what nail art meant to them — we roamed Tokyo Big Sight in search of willing interviewees. The following people kindly offered ...

'Simple and severe' in World Nailist finals

Jan 30, 2011

'Simple and severe' in World Nailist finals

Among the many exciting attractions of Tokyo Nail Expo, held on Nov. 28 and 29 last year, were more than 10 competitions in which nail-school students and professional manicurists showed off their skills. Foremost among these events was the 5th World Nailist Championship, the highlight ...