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TELLING LIVES

Japan Times
JAPAN / TELLING LIVES
Apr 22, 2014
Ex-refugee uses own experiences to help others
As a former refugee who was forced to leave his own country during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, Iranian-born Sena Vafa hopes to raise awareness about the plight of refugees here in Japan.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Mar 28, 2014
TV personality Haruka Christine wants youth to get politically savvy
Regular viewers of Japanese TV may remember young Haruka Christine's first appearances on the variety-show circuit in early 2010, when she had her fellow entertainers and audiences in stitches.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Mar 14, 2014
Dahl still drawing on the joys and absurdities of expat life
For over 20 years, Roger Dahl has been making Japan Times readers laugh — and think — with his Opinion Page political cartoons and “Zero Gravity” comic strip, which pokes gentle fun at the foreign experience in this country.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Mar 7, 2014
Early joys, trials put potter on path to the simple life
Growing up with severe asthma, Australian Euan Craig was acutely aware of the fragility of life from an early age.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Feb 28, 2014
The lesson of the long-distance runner: 'There are no impossibles'
Maickel Melamed was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and his parents were told he would not live long. Almost four decades on, Melamed has crossed marathon finishing lines in New York, Berlin and Chicago — and conquered Venezuela's highest mountain.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Feb 22, 2014
Mother's love helped actress overcome war, poverty and bullying to find fame in Japan
Rescued from the rubble of a war zone as a young girl in Iran, 28-year-old Sahel Rosa has succeeded in carving out a career in Japan as a model, TV personality and actress.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / TELLING LIVES
Feb 14, 2014
Storied family-run toy shop 'sells dreams' to Tokyo tourists
'Continuing a small toy shop for five generations is a kind of miracle,” says Masaki Terao, 58, proprietor and purse-string holder at Toys Terao, which his family has been running on Nakamise-dori in front of Asakusa's Sensoji Temple for nearly 130 years.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Feb 7, 2014
American tuna trader shares passion born in Tsukiji with the world
'I want to roll together the beauty of the history and culture of Japan into a quality tuna product and export that to the West,' says American David Leibowitz. 'I want the West consuming that and having it become part of them.'
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Jan 31, 2014
Three decades on, Tokyo bluesman is still rambling
'You can't go home again,' but you can take a little bit of home with you wherever you roam. 'Rambling' Steve Gardner does; a Mississippi roots and bluesman based in Tokyo, Gardner travels the world making music and giving seminars about musical history.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Jan 17, 2014
Coach serves up support for Japan's budding tennis stars
Arriving in Japan in 1986, Colombia-born coach and player Rodrigo Hernandez brought with him a wealth of experience and expertise gained from working with and competing against some of the greats of world tennis. Expecting to stay only a year, he's been coaching here ever since.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Jan 10, 2014
Educator with a mission sends out support from Hiroshima
Some people seem to have a knack for turning their hand to anything that comes along and, moreover, making a success of it. This is certainly the case with Hiroshima-based Adam Beck. Over the years, the American has been a children's theater director, an English teacher, a newspaper columnist and the co-founder of an arts-themed NPO to benefit young people.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Jan 3, 2014
Drawing out the demons and dreams of Fukushima
Artist Geoff Read is currently focused on helping Fukushima's children articulate their hopes and fears. As he explains, 'In my Strong Children Japan Project, the most important thing the pictures can do is to help these children have a safer childhood.'
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Dec 20, 2013
Cook, writer, TV host, actress and more: Briton toasts eventful half-century in Japan
Civil servant, cook, columnist and TV personality are among the hats Jill Sinclair Ito has worn during her 50 years in the country.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Dec 6, 2013
Writer inducted into intricacies of country life shares her story
Home for Rebecca Otowa is a 350-year-old farmhouse nestled on the edge of a tiny village in Shiga Prefecture, where generations of her husband's family have lived. It is a lifestyle she has grown to cherish since arriving in rural Kansai as a bride more than 30 years ago.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Nov 22, 2013
Putting down roots with Ryukyu Underground
Keith Gordon, the English half of the Okinawan fusion duo, has found his 'spiritual home' on the southern island.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Nov 15, 2013
TELL vet helps cast net wider to reach kids, stop suicides
The Tokyo English Life Line has been providing support and counseling services to Japan's international community for 40 years. Vickie Skorji, the new director of the Lifeline hot line service, has played a pivotal role in its activities.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Nov 8, 2013
Capturing the life and lives of Tokyo, one day at a time
Every day we presumably walk past about 2,000 or 3,000 people we don't know anything about,' French photographer Cedric Riveau says. 'But everyone has his or her story to tell.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Nov 1, 2013
Writer, translator, yoga instructor finds inspiration in 'the voices that history silences'
Leza Lowitz has shared the worlds of kamikaze pilots and their last letters to their families, published lesbian writings by contemporary Japanese poets, specifically sought out Ainu writers, and journeyed into the mind of Japan's foremost modernist poet, Nobuo Ayukawa.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Oct 25, 2013
Entrepreneur touts power to the people as cure for Czech ills
Tomio Okamura — whose mother is Czech and whose father hails from Niigata Prefecture — ranks as the third-most-popular politician in the country. That's hardly surprising, though, given his near-omnipresence in Czech life.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Oct 18, 2013
Norma Field, champion of Japan's leftist literature, retires — but not from anti-nuclear activism
A colleague once told me he didn't want to be attached to lost causes,' says academic Norma Field. 'I've never understood thinking like that. The bright spots in human history are so few. We should embrace and magnify them.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on