Minami Funakoshi

For Minami Funakoshi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dancing to the tune of humanity

Sep 17, 2017

Dancing to the tune of humanity

Penniless and subsisting on only water for three weeks, Tokyo street-dweller Tokuchika Nishi thought he had come to the end of his life. "My money ran out and I thought it would be fine to just die a dog's death," says Nishi, 38, who had ...

Meet Lulu Hashimoto, she's quite the doll

Sep 3, 2017

Meet Lulu Hashimoto, she's quite the doll

Meet Lulu Hashimoto, Japan's first "living doll" fashion model. Lulu — a full-body doll suit consisting of a wig, a mask and stockings patterned with doll-like joints — was born from one woman's desire to become cute. "I have always really liked dolls and for me, ...