A fruitarian diet could make you go bananas

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I've been living in Japan for a few months now, and since coming here my diet has consisted of four major food groups: carbohydrates, other fried stuff, cigarettes and canned ice coffee. It was somewhere between the fifth and sixth floor stairwell of my building that I decided my diet ...

Slip back in time and into a kimono

| Nov 19, 2017

Slip back in time and into a kimono

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One of our family's favorite ways to learn is through hands-on experiences. Sometimes it's cooking classes. Other times it may take the form of historical reenactments or clever interactive museum exhibits. Whatever the experience, we enjoy being immersed in it rather than just reading ...

Pedal power: Bike-sharing services expand in Japan

Oct 21, 2017

Pedal power: Bike-sharing services expand in Japan

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It's a little past 7:30 a.m. at Shinagawa Station's bustling Konan Exit. The air is crisp on this beautiful autumn morning, with hundreds of people passing through the fourth busiest rail hub in Tokyo on their way to various appointments. Just off to the side ...

Oct 1, 2017

Tokyo cafe dishes out a lesson in hiring bias

At a cafe near the University of Tokyo, clerks with hearing impairment are communicating with customers through writing and sign language — and their work is being welcomed and appreciated by a steady stream of customers. "It serves nice food and is very comfortable," says ...

Winning the battle against breast cancer

Sep 30, 2017

Winning the battle against breast cancer

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Oct. 1 marks the start of the annual Pink Ribbon campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer. Pretty in pink: Tokyo Skytree is illuminated in pink on Oct. 1 last year to mark the beginning of breast cancer awareness month. | COURTESY OF ESTEE ...

A ruff guide to Seeing Eye dogs in Japan

Sep 23, 2017

A ruff guide to Seeing Eye dogs in Japan

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Ariel is a devoted labrador. Named after the title character in Disney's "The Little Mermaid," Ariel can’t get enough of her user, 37-year-old Kanako Suzuki. Ariel rolls on her back, begging to be petted, and when Suzuki joins her on the floor, the animal ...

Sep 17, 2017

Sculptor Shintaro Okamoto cracks the ice in New York

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As New York City's bar owners and mixologists strive for the perfect drinking experience, Shintaro Okamoto encourages them to consider an often-overlooked detail — the quality of the ice. Okamoto, 43, founded his namesake ice studio in 2003 while still in graduate school for fine ...