Kendama: great balls of fire

Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: great balls of fire

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The photographers who attended the Catch & Flow tournament in September would have been well advised to keep an eye on their equipment, as some of the tricks performed during the freestyle competition were so outrageous that balls flew dangerously close to their lenses. ...

Don't be afraid to take the kids out

| Oct 10, 2014

Don't be afraid to take the kids out

by Jason Jenkins

Autumn in Japan. The days grow shorter, the air grows cooler and two of my favorite events occur: The changing of the leaves and Halloween celebrations —the best American cultural export ever, as far as I’m concerned. Sure, the Japanese have incorporated a number ...

Making noise about keeping the decibels down

Oct 10, 2014

Making noise about keeping the decibels down

by Daniel Krieger

Yoshimichi Nakajima was waiting for the train one day at his local station in Tokyo when he politely asked the station attendant to lower the volume on his microphone. He was told that would be “difficult,” so Nakajima lent a hand by grabbing the ...

Vaccination: a choice between two unknowns

Oct 4, 2014

Vaccination: a choice between two unknowns

by Masami Ito

Yoshimi Kawabe’s daughter was 2 years old in 2008 when an unusual rash broke out on her hands and feet. Her family doctor at first thought the rash was caused by hand, foot and mouth disease — a contagious viral infection common in young ...

'It's as if time has stopped since the vaccine'

Oct 4, 2014

'It's as if time has stopped since the vaccine'

by Masami Ito

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Japan. But what if there was a vaccine that could prevent a certain type of cancer? And what if it was free? Mika Matsufuji’s daughter received a free vaccine to prevent cervical cancer from Suginami Ward ...

Lafcadio Hearn: 'Japanese Thru and Tru'

Sep 20, 2014

Lafcadio Hearn: 'Japanese Thru and Tru'

by Roger Pulvers

A small cage was opened at Lafcadio Hearn’s funeral, setting birds into the air, the soul of the deceased presumably taking flight with them. His coffin was draped in chrysanthemums and fragrant olive, adorned by a laurel wreath. Seven Buddhist priests read the sutras ...