Kwiyeon Ha

For Kwiyeon Ha's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ramen flavored with insects attracts thrillseekers in Tokyo

Apr 11, 2017

Ramen flavored with insects attracts thrillseekers in Tokyo

Within about four hours, the Ramen Nagi restaurant had sold out of the 100 bowls of "insect tsukemen" noodles it had prepared for Sunday's single-day event. The noodles were topped with about a dozen small crickets and mealworms, which customers then dipped into soups flavored ...

'Chubby' group Pottya takes aim at obesity prejudice

Dec 18, 2016

'Chubby' group Pottya takes aim at obesity prejudice

Competition is cutthroat among Japan's thousands of idol wannabes, but one approach seems to be working for a group of "chubby" girls deploying their cheeky cuteness to combat prejudice against obesity. Despite one of the lowest rates of obesity in the developed world, Japan has ...

Osaka kindergarten teaches prewar ideals, Imperial Rescript

Dec 14, 2016

Osaka kindergarten teaches prewar ideals, Imperial Rescript

At first glance, the Tsukamoto kindergarten looks like any other school in Japan, but its unique curriculum is reminiscent of the prewar era. The private school, which has been visited by Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, aims to instill in its 3- ...