Oeystein Sollesnes

For Oeystein Sollesnes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Akita banks on namesake dog to fetch overseas tourists

Apr 5, 2018

Akita banks on namesake dog to fetch overseas tourists

After winning gold in women's ice skating at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, 15-year old Alina Zagitova has her eyes set on another prize — a Japanese puppy named after Akita, the prefecture from which it originates. While training in Japan for the Olympics, ...

Kanayama rice terraces 'an impressive feat of human ingenuity'

Dec 7, 2017

Kanayama rice terraces 'an impressive feat of human ingenuity'

Looking out the window as the bullet train crosses into northern Iwate Prefecture, the mighty Tohoku mountains stand tall behind deep forests, rice paddies and the occasional sleepy town. Long gone is the constant buzzing of cars and a view that stops on the ...