KING OF THE RING
When the annual Spring Grand Sumo Tournament got underway in Osaka on
March 9, all eyes were on Asashoryu, the Mongolia-born Sumo wrestler who
had just been promoted to yokozuna (the top
rank in sumo).
(March 26, 2003)
A kimono boom is spreading among young women in Japan.
Antique kimonos that are available at affordable prices have arrived on
the market, and women are enjoying wearing them in casual, nontraditional
(March 24, 2003)
The rising popularity of plasma TVs is the latest
manifestation of the digital age in Japan. A hi-tech revolution is transforming
the quality of viewers' audiovisual experiences.
(March 19, 2003)
The legendary Astro
Boy, Pokemon, Mazinger Z, Gundam, Sailor Moon, and Martian
Successor Nadesico are just some of the names that have become
familiar around the globe as Japanese cartoons, or anime,
have cemented their place as the world's favorite form of animated entertainment.
(March 6, 2003)
An e-mail survey on attitudes toward education
and images of the ideal school revealed few differences between the ideas of children
and those of parents on such matters as the role school should play, the
ideal teacher, and the ideal school.
(February 12, 2003)
EMERGING "THUMB CULTURE"
Mobile phones have become a major provider of entertainment
on the train. These phones are extremely versatile multimedia tools that allow
users to do everything from doing e-mail to playing online games, and
even listening to music.
(January 10, 2003)