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Disaster Information


 Disaster Information in Multiple Languages  To those who are suffering from the disaster that hit and has still been hitting Tohoku and Kanto area: our thoughts and prayers are with you and all those affected by... more

Swapping the sushi for spin: Local Politics in Nagoya

Swapping the sushi for spin: Local Politics in Nagoya


“I’m new candidate Kentaro Hibi!  26 Years Old!  Please vote for me!  Yoroshiku onegai shimaaaaaaasu!”  Fresh-faced young Hibi, a candidate for the Nagoya City Council elections, was leaping around with his usual energy the morning... more

Best friends


Franciszka, my mystic nurse from Poland, has just made her annual visit. She left 3 days ago, and since her departure I have been trying to console myself by rereading Mumonkan, that wonderfully irreverent and... more

Expat groups around Nagoya


Nagoya, including the surrounding region, has very active expatriate communities. There isn’t just one community; there are a variety of them. Each community serves a particular interest. While there is some overlap in the membership... more

Partners in Crime: Life in a mountain village

Partners in Crime: Life in a mountain village


Among the things that I have learnt from living in Japan is the problem of having too many principles. Each situation is different and one should change accordingly. And, then, with time, one’s views change, or... more

Bicycling and Nagoya

Bicycling and Nagoya


It seems like everyone rides a bicycle in Japan. Most of the major cities, being built on river deltas, are pretty flat, making riding a bicycle a much more practical option than some other cities... more

Aichi-Nagoya international Business Center


The Aichi World Exposition was held in 2005 in Aichi. One point that the local authorities became painfully aware of at the time was that internationally (and to a degree, within Japan), brand name recognition... more

Turning Ideas into Success

Turning Ideas into Success


If you’d of told me I was to become a photographer about 8 years ago, I’d wouldn’t of believed you. Originally practicing Holistic Therapy in England, I’d married a Japanese man and relocated with him to... more

ARK Japan: Taking care of the less fortunate

ARK Japan: Taking care of the less fortunate


There is a saying that goes ‘Wherever you go in the world, you will always find an English woman running an animal rescue centre in the hills’. Elizabeth Oliver came to Japan out of curiosity.... more

Good Day Sunshine


Can this be winter? It’s a clear, warm day and I’m sunbathing in the armchair outside the front door of my mountain home. As I dip a petite madeleine into my coffee I’m half hoping... more

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