Thomasina Larkin

For Thomasina Larkin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Some truly dreadful jokes from public

| Feb 6, 2007

Some truly dreadful jokes from public

Priscilla Berg Fashion designer, 34On a crowded train, one man noticed that another man had his eyes closed. "What's the matter? Are you sick?" he asked. "No, I'm okay. It's just that I hate to see old ladies standing." Yuki Takemiya Club manager, 32A Jamaican guy and ...

Lend an ear to an ancient practice

Jan 30, 2007

Lend an ear to an ancient practice

The tools and rules of hygiene are generally cut and dry: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once, remember to bathe, and clip your nails to meet your own taste. But what about cleaning your ears? For some people, once every ...

Do you think Japan is a tolerant society?

| Jan 23, 2007

Do you think Japan is a tolerant society?

Thomasina Larkin asks people whether they think Japan is a tolerant or intolerant society Jen Cramond Photographer, 29Japan is tolerant, but unaccepting. On the surface level, people seem to accept things, but on a deeper level there's hidden aggression toward people who don't fit into society. Miako ...

Yoga, electronica take over Shibuya club

/ Jan 19, 2007

Yoga, electronica take over Shibuya club

With each year comes the blending and hybridization of different types of music. African tribes team up with electronica DJs, an Asian influence infiltrates Western beats, and Indian or Latin tempos permeate through pop music. If crossover trends of the past few years are ...

What's the best gift you've ever given?

| Dec 19, 2006

What's the best gift you've ever given?

Chiaki Mori Fashion designer, 22I dressed up like Santa Claus one year when I was in high school and I gave my parents hats that I had knitted secretly. It was a big surprise for them and they were so happy. Kumiko Noda Counselor, 48This year I'm ...

Views from the street

| Dec 5, 2006

Views from the street

Thomasina Larkin asks about the best ways to tackle bullying in schools Kaisar MD Restaurant worker, 38Teachers should communicate with children through counseling. If they see a problem, they should take them aside and talk to them in private. Japanese culture is difficult in this way. Kunihiro ...

A feast for fish in search for beauty

| Nov 28, 2006

A feast for fish in search for beauty

Growing up in the countryside, a lot of my youth was spent swimming in lakes and rivers for as many summer days as the weather would provide. I had no fear of cannon-balling off high cliffs, I was never bothered by the scrapes of ...

Where are your favorite night haunts?

| Nov 21, 2006

Where are your favorite night haunts?

Samantha Dobney Student, 21I love going out in Roppongi if I want to have a fun night out. It's an amazing place, unlike anywhere else in the world because it's a timeless place. Everything stays open 24-7. Yohiahi Arai Physical therapist, 24My favorite place to go out ...