Taking minimalism to the next level

Lifestyle Aug 13, 2017

Taking minimalism to the next level

by Kaori Shoji

Ever since the release of Marie Kondo's 2011 bible on the Japanese art of decluttering, much of the developed world has been somewhat fixated on tidying up. Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has been so influential over the past six years or so ...

In space-tight Japan, how to live like a minimalist

Lifestyle Jun 21, 2016

In space-tight Japan, how to live like a minimalist

by Megumi Lim

Fumio Sasaki's one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meager scattering of various other items. Money isn't the issue. The 36-year-old editor has made a ...

Erik Satie: A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

Art Aug 18, 2015

Erik Satie: A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

by Mark Thompson

Erik Satie (1866-1925) said and did a lot of memorable things, many remarkably outlandish. Brilliant and bonkers, he composed works that range from cabaret ditties to a "symphonic drama," from light music for educating children to complex parodies of the masters. And who can ...