Hiroyasu Takayama

For Hiroyasu Takayama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kyoto doctor part of team that attended Bhutan royal birth

National May 3, 2016

Kyoto doctor part of team that attended Bhutan royal birth

When the queen of Bhutan, Jetsun Pema, gave birth to her first child in early February, a pediatrician from Japan was part of the delivery team. "I was treated the same way as Bhutanese doctors and allowed to attend Queen Pema's delivery," 41-year-old Yoriko Nishizawa ...

Japan's hospitality industry gets tips on serving Muslims

National Nov 18, 2014

Japan's hospitality industry gets tips on serving Muslims

An academic with a background in the airline industry is teaching tourism agencies in Japan about Muslim visitors and Islamic law to help the country better accommodate visitors at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "The number of visitors from South Korea and Taiwan first surged and ...

National May 18, 2010

Saudis learn from Japan to combine tradition and modernization

RIYADH — Japan's education and ideals are receiving keen attention in Saudi Arabia, where a special TV series on the nation has generated high ratings. The series of about 30 five-minute episodes includes footage shot by a hidden camera of a parent and child picking ...

Making miso paste at home becoming a lost art

National May 9, 2008

Making miso paste at home becoming a lost art

Seigi Sakai and his wife, Kotoe, are among a decreasing number of people who still turn out homemade miso, a traditional fermented paste most commonly used to make soup for breakfast. The couple, age 80 and 77, live in a depopulated village in incorporated Ayabe, ...

Buddhists answer call to fill void

National May 25, 2007

Buddhists answer call to fill void

About 15 mothers and children mash up boiled soybeans at the command of Joko Yoshii, a 33-year-old Buddhist priest clad in a black clerical garment. They are making miso at a class in a Buddhist temple north of Tokyo. Their final job in the main ...