| Mar 6, 2015

Home design; Pacific war; CM of the week: Taisho Pharmaceutical

TV Asahi’s “Before/After” (Sun., 6:57 p.m.) is single-handedly responsible for the “reform boom.” The show has inspired thousands of families to remodel their homes into something more livable and aesthetically pleasing. Last year, the program went overseas for the first time and brought a ...

| Feb 20, 2015

Temporary housing; famous siblings; CM of the week: Meiji

The temporary housing built for the survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami is usually depicted as being dark and cold, inhabited by sad people. But according to the NHK regional documentary, “Egao no Kasetsu Jutaku” (“Temporary Housing of Smiling Faces”; NHK-G, Mon., 12:40 ...