Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

Lifestyle Feb 20, 2016

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

A traditionally working-class neighborhood in Tokyo that rose from the ashes to become one of the city's favorite retreats lies a stone's throw east of the Sumida River across from Nihombashi. In the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district, where cafes and boutiques have cropped up like wild flowers ...

At Shinjuku club, cross-dressing men let their hair, guard down

National Jan 13, 2016

At Shinjuku club, cross-dressing men let their hair, guard down

Like many haunts in Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo's gay quarter, Onnanoko Club (Girls' Club) seeks to provide a home from home for its clientele, with staff chatting at ease with customers to take their minds off the stresses of daily life. The smiling hostesses are decked ...

Campus cafeteria in Chiba serves up halal food for thought

National Jul 22, 2014

Campus cafeteria in Chiba serves up halal food for thought

At a university in the city of Chiba, a halal-certified cafeteria decorated with keepsakes from across Asia is helping exchange students feel at home and teaching Japanese students about other cultures through food. The cafeteria, named Shokujin, or God Of Food, at Kanda University of ...

National / Politics May 9, 2014

Secrets law far too wide-reaching: U.S. expert

The new state secrets law is so broad that it's self-defeating and must be amended before it comes into force in December or it will have a chilling effect on free speech, according to U.S. national security and civil liberties expert Morton Halperin. Halperin said ...

Flash mobs put spotlight on kimono

National Jan 6, 2014

Flash mobs put spotlight on kimono

A group of kimono enthusiasts is trying to change people's attitudes about the traditional attire by invading public spaces en masse. Kimono Jack — a group that takes its name from the Japanese tendency to use "hijack" when referring to flash mobs — calls on ...

'Rakugo' solo act heads to Europe, with subtitles

National Oct 3, 2013

'Rakugo' solo act heads to Europe, with subtitles

A master of the traditional Japanese art of storytelling known as "rakugo" is embarking on his first tour of Europe, where he will perform his "sit-down" comedy with subtitles to show audiences how Japan laughs. Shunputei Ichinosuke, 35, is taking on Europe with female apprentice ...