Tokashiki Island has all the sun, sand and surf you'd expect from an island in Okinawa. But cycling around the island is another way to experience the area's scenery and history.
For Robert Kodama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Young people in Kansai's commercial hub talk about their wishes for the coming year.
People in Kansai's commercial capital were asked if they feel concerned about the prospect of missile attacks by North Korea on Japan — and whether there are more important worries in their lives right now.
Robert Kodama asked passers-by in Japan's mercantile capital about two traits often mentioned in the same breath as "Japanese people."