William Hollingworth

For William Hollingworth's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Geisha 'trans'-formation more than meets the eye

Apr 25, 2009

Geisha 'trans'-formation more than meets the eye

LONDON (Kyodo) Every day female tourists flock to the ancient city of Kyoto to dress up as geisha and fulfill a lifelong fantasy. But one studio was a little surprised to find that one of its customers was British transsexual Mary Murdock, who wanted to ...

Chocolates with Japan taste a big hit in U.K.

Mar 16, 2009

Chocolates with Japan taste a big hit in U.K.

LONDON (Kyodo) An Osaka woman and her British husband are combining traditional Japanese ingredients with chocolate to create some unique offerings to tempt sweet-toothed Britons. For the last five years, chefs Suzue and William Curley have been trying out different foods from Japan and mixing ...

Mar 10, 2009

'Scanlators' freely translating 'manga,' 'anime'

LONDON (Kyodo) "Manga" (comics) and "anime" (animation) are being brought to a wider audience by fans who are distributing their own translations and performances on the Internet, according to new research by a British academic. Lee Hye-Kyung of the University of London says the process ...

Mar 2, 2009

British unions, lawmakers slam Hitachi train deal

LONDON (Kyodo) Unions and parliamentarians are protesting a decision by the British government to award a huge and lucrative train contract to a consortium led by a Japanese company. They are angry that 30 percent of the contract to build a new fleet of express ...

Dec 23, 2008

U.K. farm grows 'edamame' for supermarkets

As British consumers seek a healthier diet, a London farm is the first to grow "edamame" on a commercial scale and has contracted with a major supermarket chain. Watts Farm, located on the outskirts of the capital, is currently cultivating edamame, or baby green soybeans, ...

London photo exhibit focuses on lives, looks of half-Japanese

Nov 12, 2008

London photo exhibit focuses on lives, looks of half-Japanese

LONDON — People of part-Japanese ancestry living in Britain have been relating their heritage through a photo exhibition and seminar. Nine half-Japanese agreed to have their portraits snapped and their personal stories told at the Bodhi Gallery in east London from Oct. 23 to 30. The ...

'Institutional racism' lets Japan spouses abduct kids

Oct 15, 2008

'Institutional racism' lets Japan spouses abduct kids

LONDON — Japanese courts should give more support to foreigners seeking access to their children now living in Japan, according to a British father seeking the return of his two daughters to England. Shane Clarke said Japanese courts need to do more for the hundreds ...

Sep 3, 2008

'Sakura' tartan aimed at Japanese buyers

LONDON (Kyodo) A Scottish entrepreneur has specially designed a tartan aimed at Japanese consumers and is hoping to use it to market a wide variety of products. David McGill from Edinburgh has just finished work on the "sakura" (cherry blossom) design, incorporating the colors pink, ...