The "chan" suffix is often used for women in Japan as a cute term of affection, but there are certain circumstances in which you should stick to "san."
Kaori Shoji writes about movies and movie-makers for the Film Page, plus takes a turn at the Bilingual Column. Biggest mistake of her career: taking the very dignified Nagisa Oshima to McDonald's for an iced coffee.
For Kaori Shoji's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Companies are successfully offering goods and services that target individuals in the “solo” market. But there's a catch …
Public transport isn’t generally an option, campers seldom use restaurants or hotels, and social distancing is virtually a given.
Some reports suggest that women put on an average of 2.6 kilograms in April and May. Men, by comparison, added an average of 3.3 kilograms.
Sacrifice, dedication and training — these were the pillars that supported athletes in the 1964 Olympics. They might help during the pandemic, too.
Not only are such meetings becoming more frequent, they're starting to get longer …
A Japan Times piece looks at the fond farewells Tokyoites are saying as the amusement park Toshimaen shuts its doors.
Excursions to local destinations that are no more than an hour's drive from home lessen the anxiety of taking a short break.
"We loved Toshimaen because it was uniquely Japanese,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Now it's going to be just another imported theme park."
With more time on their hands, consumers are shopping online to make their home lives more comfortable.