Japanese: A language in a state of flux

Sep 23, 2007

Japanese: A language in a state of flux

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Languages are never static. They change and evolve with people over time. They also interact with other languages, and through an endless cycle of loaning and borrowing of words, ideas and concepts are shared, exchanged and nurtured across national and cultural boundaries. But the torrential ...

A night out — with divorce on the rocks

| Sep 16, 2007

A night out — with divorce on the rocks

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Ask a friend to name a detective, and legendary sleuths such as Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot or Kosuke Kindaichi will probably figure in their reply. Regardless of nationalities, detectives seem to be familiar to many — provided they are fictional characters. In real life, however, ...

Postmodern sports for all

| Sep 16, 2007

Postmodern sports for all

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One night last month, while I was lazily channel-surfing at home, I happened on shot-putters doing their thing at the IAAF's World Athletics Championships in Osaka. As tiring as it was to watch, there was something truly moving and amazing about all those beefy men ...

Three cheers for the boys!

| Sep 16, 2007

Three cheers for the boys!

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Take a moment to try to think seriously about cheerleaders. Nowadays, they don't just wear skimpy outfits, wave pompoms and do high kicks. Oh no, the cheerleaders jump, tumble and perform acrobatic stunts. And, of course, they dance, chant and smile as well. But ...

Japan's top fashion talents

Sep 9, 2007

Japan's top fashion talents

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I couldn't quite put my finger on what it reminded me of. Then I got home after the show and switched on my TV, and there it was in front of my eyes. It was one of those programs where toddlers dance around and ...

Yamamoto protege debuts stoic new line

Sep 9, 2007

Yamamoto protege debuts stoic new line

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While his daughter Limi prepares to present her Limi Feu line at the Paris collections for the first time in October, Yohji Yamamoto has selected another protege to take her place on the Tokyo runways. Michiko Suzuki joined the Japanese fashion maestro's firm as ...

Tokyo revival

Sep 9, 2007

Tokyo revival

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Taking on the task of reinvigorating Tokyo's beleaguered attempt at producing a world-class fashion week requires a good deal of gumption. In this regard, Nobuyuki Ota, CEO of leading fashion house Issey Miyake, is relishing the task and achieving a measure of success. Last week, ...

Homegrown art

Aug 26, 2007

Homegrown art

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When is a paddy not a paddy? When it's a canvas, of course. But as staff writer YOKO HANI discovered in northern Aomori Prefecture, what's nice to look at is rice to eat as well. Mysterious "corn circles" of incredible complexity that appear overnight, ...

Putting the fun back into feeling fit

| Aug 19, 2007

Putting the fun back into feeling fit

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Although you may be a typically busy worker, in Japan there's no shortage of easy exercise options to help keep you in shape — whether "10-minute fitness" clubs where you can have a quick workout without even changing your clothes, varieties of home exercise ...