Thomasina Larkin

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

Fitness for kicks and more

May 30, 2006

Fitness for kicks and more

The yearly ritual of storing away our winter duds and unpacking skimpy summer styles often leads to a common conclusion: It's time to get into shape, and fast. But running on a treadmill while staring at TV monitors at the fitness club might not be ...

Is Japan a good country to raise children?

| May 16, 2006

Is Japan a good country to raise children?

Tomas Castro Account exec., 40 Children here are lacking parental role models. Fathers spend too much time at work and mothers are stressed with the running of the household. These responsibilities then fall to cram schools, peers and, lastly, grandparents. Kazue Okada Housewife, 36 There aren't many ...

Are trains safe?

| May 2, 2006

Are trains safe?

Yayoi Miyahara Cook, 32 Japanese trains always run on time, but there have been accidents where the train comes off-track. I think JR should have more workers to protect people when the trains are crowded and to perform routine safety checks. Rachel Barat Teacher, 53 The trains are ...

What's your holiday plan?

| Apr 25, 2006

What's your holiday plan?

BHeather Cone Scuba instructor, 29 I'm going to Beijing with my girlfriend. It's going to be two girls cruising the Great Wall, shopping for handbags and shoes, because we can't find any that fit our big feet in Japan, and drinking whatever they drink over ...

What is your favorite Japanese show?

| Apr 18, 2006

What is your favorite Japanese show?

Yoko Miyazaki Clothing sales, 22 "Ai Nori" (basically a "gokon" traveling from country to country on a pink bus) If someone loves another person, they have to try their best to win their love. It shows how Japanese have friendly and romantic relationships. Mai Ideguchi ...

What is your impression of Japan?

| Apr 4, 2006

What is your impression of Japan?

David Hung Clothing importer, 26 I give props to Japan because after losing WWII they could build themselves back up and become one of the top technological countries. Jason Spence Nurse, 33 Japan has the best food, great shopping and unlimited and top quality choices of entertainment. ...