Minami Funakoshi

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

Dancing to the tune of humanity

Lifestyle 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

Style & Design 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, ...