Hiroko Komori

For Hiroko Komori's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Small-scale funerals on the increase

National Jul 28, 2006

Small-scale funerals on the increase

The second-floor unit in Kodaira, western Tokyo, at first glance may look like an overly large apartment, with its sofas, large TV, video player, kitchen, bathroom and tatami room, but it is actually a small-scale funeral hall. The hall was opened last year by Memorial ...

New type of Tokyo salon offers to unplug ears

National Mar 25, 2006

New type of Tokyo salon offers to unplug ears

A new type of salon is emerging to provide an unusual aesthetic service. Shops that specialize in cleaning people's ears and massaging them are popping up around Tokyo. The concept behind the new establishments is to give people the pleasant feeling some had as children when ...

High-priced curry-rice dishes going down well

National Feb 25, 2006

High-priced curry-rice dishes going down well

OSAKA (Kyodo) Something unusual is happening to curry rice. The cheap meal so popular with children and college students is now being offered at expensive Japanese and French restaurants at premium prices, including one dish for 10,000 yen. Semba Kitcho, an old Japanese restaurant in the ...