Some users discovered they quite like the solitude they faced in 2020.
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:
Parents have spent more time with their children over the past 12 months than perhaps any time in the country's history.
Drinking culture changed in a lot of ways in 2020. On one hand, we drink alone more. On the other hand, we don't have to worry about the last train as much.
Japan Post is expecting some 1.94 billion new year cards to be delivered in mailboxes nationwide.
Numerous posts on social media have questioned the need to wear a suit while working from home.
Unmistakable background sounds, visible sweatpants, sudden bowel movements … Japan's workers experienced it all.
Staying home for Christmas doesn't have to equate with being bored and lonely.
Some children claim they're afraid to sleep after watching record-breaking anime in theaters.
Working from home is resulting in shoulder and back pain for some, but it won't hurt to brush up on some idioms.
Japan's university students have had a rough six months and the immediate future isn’t looking much brighter. While much of the country has more or less returned to some semblance of normalcy, students have almost been left behind in terms of their studies. "It's like we're ...