Natsumi Komiyama

For Natsumi Komiyama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Harumafuji's stablemaster adds fuel to sumo fire

National / Media | Pulsations Dec 2, 2017

Harumafuji's stablemaster adds fuel to sumo fire

Stablemaster adds fuel to sumo fire Sumo grand champion Harumafuji's stablemaster has come under criticism for expressing displeasure at the questions anchorman Yuta Tomikawa asked the yokozuna during a testy news conference on Nov. 29 in which he announced his retirement. Harumafuji retired from sumo to ...

Narita's Unari-kun named mascot of 2017

National / Media | Top Drawer Nov 25, 2017

Narita's Unari-kun named mascot of 2017

Unari-kun, the official mascot of Narita City in Chiba Prefecture, defeated 1,157 rivals from localities nationwide to win this year's Yuru-kyara Grand Prix title. Chiryuppi of Chiryu, Aichi Prefecture, and Torai-kun of Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, took second and third spots, respectively. Unari-kun is the special ...

When teenage girls text like middle-aged men

National / Media | Top Drawer Nov 11, 2017

When teenage girls text like middle-aged men

On Nov. 8, the #おじさんLINE hashtag topped Japan Trending rankings on Twitter. The hashtag refers to the manner in which ojisan (middle-aged men) text other people. That same day, news program "Mezamashi TV" unveiled its top five tendencies of middle-aged men when they text. According ...

Fork hides noodle-slurping sounds

National / Media | Pulsations Oct 28, 2017

Fork hides noodle-slurping sounds

Instant noodle producer Nissin Food Products has created a "noise-canceling" fork to mask the sound of someone exuberantly slurping down a mouthful of noodles. Named "Otohiko," the utensil has been developed in an attempt to disguise the excessive slurping sounds that can be found emanating ...