Swedish man champions the art of sword-crafting

Feb 18, 2018

Swedish man champions the art of sword-crafting

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A Swedish man has become an unlikely protector of ancient Japanese swords by learning the art of sword-crafting, despite numerous setbacks including the major earthquakes that rocked Kumamoto in 2016. Hans Koga, 45, also known as Hansuke Koga, lives in Nagomi, Kumamoto Prefecture, and is ...

Juliet Knapp: A life of theatrical management

| Feb 10, 2018

Juliet Knapp: A life of theatrical management

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Name: Juliet Knapp Age: 25 Nationality: British / Japanese Occupation: Art management Likes: Yorkshire tea, David Bowie Dislikes: Cold Kyoto winters 1. You grew up in The New Forest, Hampshire in the U.K., what was that like? It's a beautiful place with wild horses and donkeys, cows and pigs and ...

Female workforce crucial for economic prosperity

| Jan 28, 2018

Female workforce crucial for economic prosperity

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Name: Rabab Fatima Title: Ambassador of Bangladesh
(since April 2016) URL: bdembjp.mofa.gov.bd DOB: July 20, 1964 Hometown: Dhaka Years in Japan: 2 Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima is one of 21 female ambassadors who were invited by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a luncheon, during which they discussed female empowerment ...

Sosuke Kitamura: A man of painted words

| Jan 27, 2018

Sosuke Kitamura: A man of painted words

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Name: Sosuke Kitamura Age: 59 Nationality: Japanese Occupation: Calligrapher Likes: Analog stuff, food, clothing, housing from 1960s Japan Dislikes: Digital stuff, especially touch screens 1. What do the kanji that comprise your first name mean? 宗 (so) means "to better oneself" and positively influence one's surroundings. My father chose a ...

Redesigning and refining the perception of luxury

| Jan 21, 2018

Redesigning and refining the perception of luxury

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Name: Guido Tarchi Title: Vice president and Director, Garde (since August 2017) URL: www.garde-intl.com DOB: Aug. 26, 1968 Hometown: Florence, Italy Years in Japan: 23 For the past 23 years Guido Tarchi has weaved among Tokyo's crowds, surrounded by the city's architectural jumble where the everyday harmonizes with the ...