Jorge Ferreras

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jun 30, 2007

Jorge Ferreras

Those who know him well agree that Jorge Ferreras is unusually talented and highly original. With his whimsies, his art and piano he has a gift for lighting up the space he occupies. He is an architect and artist, NHK radio man and university ...

Yukari Pratt

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jun 16, 2007

Yukari Pratt

Put together the bright picture of a girl, growing up in Minnesota, with her younger brother, their Japanese mother and American father. She attended Luther College in Iowa, and took her degree there in a compelling interest, music. She said: "Music played a big ...

Hubert Durt

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jun 9, 2007

Hubert Durt

Japan's constitutional peace guarantee was, and still is, the main cause of Dr. Hubert Durt's admiration for this country. It was the magnet that drew him here. "Moreover," he said, "in the late '50s, Buddhist studies, including the texts in Chinese, were possible only in ...

V.C. Lingam

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jun 2, 2007

V.C. Lingam

The attraction of higher education in Japan first brought V.C. Lingam here from Singapore. "I read a few books, and I thought why not?" he said. That was a very long time ago. He is 93 now, and a permanent resident of Japan. When he ...

Profile: Tomisaku Kawasaki

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE May 26, 2007

Profile: Tomisaku Kawasaki

Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki bears the distinction of having his name attached to a little-known children's disease. This naming was not something that he, a modest man, sought. The first time he saw the illness was in a 4-year-old boy in 1961. "I could make no ...

Tetsuzo Inumaru

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE May 19, 2007

Tetsuzo Inumaru

When the first Imperial Hotel opened in Tokyo in 1890, it was a wooden, three-storied, Western-styled building. Its successor, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in 1923, the day before the Great Kanto Earthquake devastated much of the city. Stories are legion of Tetsuzo ...

Kylie Schuyler

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE May 12, 2007

Kylie Schuyler

"My interest in the M.S. Swaminathan Foundation stems from the vision of humanist and scientist Professor Swaminathan himself. His ideas and projects appeal to me greatly because by empowering people they are all aimed at the elimination of poverty. Swaminathan's focus has the potential ...

Katherine Cash

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE May 5, 2007

Katherine Cash

How is it possible for someone to follow two parallel, dissimilar, and successful careers? Katherine Cash, now of Tokyo, is a professional violinist in demand for concert tours, television appearances and recordings. She is also founder and president of her own company NeuRobotics in ...

Theodore McNelly

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Apr 28, 2007

Theodore McNelly

In his book "Witness to the 20th Century" Theodore McNelly presents an autobiography officially beginning with his birth in Wisconsin in 1919. In fact, the time span he covers goes back even further. His grandfather, a missionary, taught at a school in Kanazawa in ...

John Kaizan Neptune

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Apr 21, 2007

John Kaizan Neptune

"The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune," John Kaizan Neptune said. He speaks as a professional musician of 30 years' standing. Having studied the bamboo flute, he brought to it his background in jazz, thereby earning a reputation for versatility and "a technically sophisticated ...