All posts tagged "In Focus"

  • If ‘Mrs.’ stands for Missus, why the heck do we spell Mrs. with an ‘r’?

    In the 18th century, a man was addressed as ‘master’ or Mr. and a woman of the household as ‘mistress’ or Mrs. Cambridge University historian Dr. Amy Erickson suggests that the title “Mrs.” (pronounced ‘mistress’) used for...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • Meet the real hero of Japanese cuisine

    Earlier this year, I spent a weekend in Tokyo's countryside with some local high school students, practicing English, enjoying nature and exchanging cultural knowledge and experiences with one another.

    • Posted April 1, 2017
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  • How to choose a helmet for kids

    Every year, you hear about  bike-related head injuries and deaths involving kids.  Otasuke, a Japanese support group claims that more than 60% of traffic accidents involving children are  high school students while some 24% are elementary graders. ...

    • Posted March 15, 2017
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  • GET WELL SOON, Japan Style

    When we hear that a relative, friend or work colleague dear to us is sick, cheering him or her up with get-well-soon presents is generally considered to be a universal gesture.  Afterall, to some people, it’s the...

    • Posted August 16, 2014
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  • Influential man in our children’s lives –

    It was announced a week ago that Japanese film director, manga artist, animator, producer and screenwriter Hayao Mizayaki (73) will join Bradbury, Verne, Le Guin, Heinlein and Moebius in the hall, making him the first Japanese ever...

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • They make fun party cakes in Tokyo

    Kyle’s Good Finds American homestyle baking, Mr. Kyle designs any cake theme from a picture for any occasion with free delivery.   www.kylesgoodfinds.com              

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • Meet Noemi Meneses Inoue

    Not known to many, the Councillor of Sumida ku was born on foreign soil and is a woman. How’s that possible? TF finds out. Born in La Paz, Bolivia in Dec 1961, Noemi Inoue completed her studies...

    • Posted June 10, 2014
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  • Crafting your spirit at work: The way of the Shokunin

    iro Ono is a famous Tokyo sushi chef who, at 89, has no intentions of retiring unless he is incapable of showing up to work. His work brings so much meaning, purpose and joy to his life...

    • Posted May 7, 2014
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  • A work space in Meguro, brings creative craftspeople together under one roof

    “Maker’s Base is essentially a work space you wish having one at home,” says Tokyo dad Kenji Matsuda. You pay a member’s fee for the use of the place and equipment just like you would at a...

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • A Vision for Change

    n 2001, he adopted a new approach to education to suit the changing needs of the new generation. He founded  New International School, one of today’s most renowned international school groups in Tokyo, creating an oasis of...

    • Posted March 10, 2014
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  • New book for the modern family

    Following the success of her ‘Your Family’ series, children’s author Michelle J Forte is getting her readers involved in the launch of her new book about modern families. Michelle, who lives in Adelaide with her partner Tunde,...

    • Posted January 12, 2014
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  • 2014 New Year’s Message by His Imperial Majesty of Japan

    A third winter since the Great East Japan Earthquake has come around. At the dawn of the new year, my heart once again goes out to the afflicted people, those who cannot return to the places they...

    • Posted January 2, 2014
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  • Japanese preschooler donates his piggy bank savings to typhoon victims

    According to the United Nations, typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte,  Philippines has recorded a death toll of 4,460 with the number still expected to rise as local and international disaster relief operations continue the search.  Some bodies are...

    • Posted December 17, 2013
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  • A bright spot

    In less than three years following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan delivers a brand new 70 – megawatt solar facility powering up some 22,000 homes in Kagoshima from Nov 2013.   The ethereal-looking Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power...

    • Posted December 17, 2013
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  • Teaching cycling to kids

    Be grateful for the invention of this two-wheel vehicle.  Think of its many useful qualities.  It takes you where you want to go in half less the time.   Not only is cycling a great stress buster, it’s...

    • Posted November 13, 2013
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  • The birthday tradition

    The Guiness Book of World Records names Happy Birthday as the most recognized song in the English language.  For many decades now, the song has been traditionally sung at most birthday parties (often out of tune).    It...

    • Posted September 11, 2013
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  • Tokyo’s coolest buggies

    Infants and toddlers are susceptible to dust and pollution.   Aprica’s Air Ria was specifically madewith high seats (53 cms) to combat air pollution and irritants.  It is also equipped with the new “breath air” technology that automatically...

    • Posted September 11, 2013
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  • Tokyo’s Coolest Buggies

    The Combi White Label MC-400 Mechakaru (Japanese term for “ultra light”) ranks high in preference by Japanese moms because of its ultra light quality. Weighing only 4.4 kgs, this super cool buggy is suitable for traveling to...

    • Posted September 11, 2013
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  • Tokyo’s Coolest Buggies

    Air Buggy Coco Brake (three-wheel model) This latest  air buggy is designed for 3–5 months old babies up to 3 years old. It’s a 3-wheel model, very light at 9.5 kg  and measures W96cm X D53.5cm X...

    • Posted September 11, 2013
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  • How to travel in Japan with a baby

    The first time we traveled with my daughter, I was nervous. Would she be ok on the train? Would I be able to find places to nurse her discreetly? As it turned out, we traveled around Japan...

    • Posted August 1, 2013
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  • Time

    “Mom, when is dinner?” “Dad, Iʼm tired. When do we arrive?” “Mom, how long does it take to charge my gameʼs battery?” These are questions every parent is familiar with. My son has always shown a keen...

    • Posted July 5, 2013
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  • Tokyo roads: How good a driver are you?

    You know the situation: you’re in the outer lane of the Expressway, going about 110 Km per hour, moving along with a fair bit of traffic.  A foreign car with blacked out windows comes charging up behind...

    • Posted June 18, 2013
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  • Jeremiah D. Welsh Talks Art

    The natural world is an ostensibly simple one. Its beauty, however, is deeply rooted in its complexity. This is the concept that fascinates artist Jeremiah Welsh. A new Tokyo resident, the Connecticut native encapsulates his unique outlook...

    • Posted May 4, 2013
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  • An eye to the future: Will your child find a job when he graduates from college?

    Parents told us that to succeed in life, we must go to school, finish college, and get a good job. Period. That’s the basic idea parents taught children generation after generation.It worked for years until decades later...

    • Posted December 30, 2012
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  • A bamboo bicycle ride: from Lusaka to London

    My clock alarmed at 4:59 in the morning. It was the best time of the day to start rolling from the part of the world where I was in – Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, a city...

    • Posted December 3, 2012
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  • A killing separation

    A Frenchman took his own life because he could not see his children after the divorce with Japanese spouse. The life and career of Arnaud Simon once could have exemplified the excellent relationship between Japan and France....

    • Posted September 30, 2011
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  • Salvatore Cuomo

    When Salvatore Cuomo rolled up his sleeves and came back to Japan to help out his ailing father manage the family business at the age of 18, little did he know that that was to be the...

    • Posted February 28, 2011
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  • Learning special

    The American School in Japan “An ASIJ education. What does it mean?”   An ASIJ education means excellence and meeting our mission of deve-loping compassionate, inquisitive learners, prepared for global responsibility.  We achieve this by offering an...

    • Posted December 27, 2010
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  • The man who launched a thousand chips

      Wally Amos’ recipe to success is simply that of chocolate chip cookies. For over thirty years, the celebrity cookie-maker’s name adorned households across the United States and later in Southeast Asia due to his beloved baked...

    • Posted July 27, 2010
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  • How can I get my kid to be a tarento?

    What is a tarento?  A tarento is similar to the English word "talent",  although the meaning slightly differs here in Japan in terms of what it takes to be one.  Get the picture?       If...

    • Posted May 28, 2010
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  • The time of revelation

    Benjamin Creme has been telling the world that the great teacher known as Christ, Maitreya, Buddha, Khrishna, Imam, Mahdi, Messiah, World Teacher is coming. Only a totally new approach to the economy and the Earth will...

    • Posted April 29, 2010
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  • The pursuit of hap-pie-ness

    I have wondered if it is possible to do an A to Z of restaurant visits in Tokyo, starting with Austria and ending with Zaire.  My family and I have done quite a lot of the alphabet...

    • Posted March 29, 2010
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  • The art of Feng Shui

    The 20th century brought about the explosion of material richness, convenience, and comfort. Excessive materialism created a need for spirituality and culture. In the new millennium, people crave for spiritual “medicine”. This has already manifested itself in...

    • Posted January 31, 2010
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  • The new stone age

    Look around the streets of Tokyo and you will see an abundance of gemstone stores offering semiprecious and precious stones. These beautiful colored stones offer the promise of enhancing our lives simply by wearing them close to...

    • Posted June 29, 2009
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  • Getting to know Zac

    World-renowned celebrity Zac Efron, widely known from his performances in 2006’s High School Musical and 2007’s Hairspray, is loved by millions of children, teens and young adults alike. Though he has many fans and co-workers, Efron keeps...

    • Posted May 30, 2009
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  • Meeting with Benjamin Creme

    Benjamin Creme is an artist, author and chief editor of Share International, a monthly magazine which has subscribers in over 75 countries and translated into many languages including Japanese. He has been preparing the world for over...

    • Posted April 29, 2009
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  • How to give back

    Photo © Elena Derevstova There’s something special about Christmas. Step outside during the holidays, and a sense of joy and serenity can be felt. Referred to by many as the Christmas cheer, achieving this state takes far,...

    • Posted November 29, 2008
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  • Pachinko, millionaires, and more

    Min Jin Lee is an acclaimed author from New York City.  Her debut novel, FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES, won numerous critical appraisals, from the New York Times book review to USA Today.  She moved to Tokyo last...

    • Posted November 4, 2008
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  • Fun with topless beauties!

    Occasionally, I meet ex-pat parents in Tokyo and Yokohama who tell me that this column is not relevant to them because they haven’t got a parking space. Accordingly, I think it only fair to devote this month’s...

    • Posted October 1, 2008
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  • A chat with José Feliciano

    TF talks to the super-talented, super-prolific and all-round Mr. Nice Guy, José Feliciano. One of 11 children, left blind at birth, he overcame his impairment to become one of the most adored acoustic guitarists in the world....

    • Posted August 28, 2008
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  • The Hot Hatch: VW Polo GTI

    A WHOLE LOT OF VROOM!Powerful and dynamic, the GTI legend lives on in the Polo due to its  sprinting capabilities, dynamic torque supply, impressive top speed and exciting driving experience. The Polo GTI has a top speed...

    • Posted August 27, 2008
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  • Mom Mobile: Peugeot 1007

    In the decade or so since women began taking over automotive design studios in Detroit and Turin, new cars have sprouted hooks for shopping bags, pockets for sunglasses and make up, and vanity mirrors incorporated into the...

    • Posted August 3, 2008
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  • Big in Japan

    Delica D:5

    • Posted June 30, 2008
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  • Elliott talks health

    Diabetes is on the rise. Did you know that as of 2006, there are over 18.7 million diabetic people in Japan? That's about a 15% increase in four years, and the numbers are even higher in other...

    • Posted June 30, 2008
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  • The kids are alright! A guide to kids modeling in Japan

    Break into the world of modeling

    • Posted June 1, 2008
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  • Rally rivals

    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X vs Subaru Impreza STI

    • Posted June 1, 2008
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  • An idol mind

    Sanjaya visited Osaka this March. TF were there to pick his brain.

    • Posted April 30, 2008
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  • 500 + One

    The rematch of 2 legends

    • Posted April 30, 2008
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  • Wheeling out an epic

    In May 2005, Leigh Norrie left his house and went on a bike ride… to the rest of Japan.  After a lonely and grueling six months, he’d pedaled 10,000 kilometers through every prefecture, all 41, north to...

    • Posted April 4, 2008
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  • Be a true pen-pal

    Before the advent of the Playstation and Wii, Santa had children overjoyed with just a bike, a book, and a Christmas stocking. Somewhere between a tangerine and a walnut, you might have been lucky enough to pull...

    • Posted April 4, 2008
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