Articles

A selection of my published articles. 

 

Urban issues and the living environment:

Muji is redesigning Tokyo’s cheap estate housing as a hip lifestyle choice – Quartz

Tokyo designers push the boundaries of wooden skyscrapers – Financial Times

A house for all seasons – Financial Times

Amsterdam’s incubator bureau is working with former squatters to create low rent studios for artists and entrepreneurs – Quartz

Where are the world’s most elderly cities, and how are they coping with ageing populations? – The Guardian

Harnessing the power of community to drive an energy revolution – On the grassroots energy initiatives going against the grain post-Fukushima, in The Japan Times

Japanese prefab tiny homes could change the way we think about disaster housing – Quartz

A greater share for the Japanese sharehouse – Nippon.com

Review of Tokyo Totem, a guide of how to find one’s rhythm in Tokyo’s urban sprawl – TimeOut

Tech:

Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts – Reuters

Deregulation at heart of Japan’s new robotics revolution – Reuters

Your fridge just texted: Japan electronics firms pin hopes on ‘smart’ appliances – Reuters

Insight: At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, ‘geek’ CEO sought both control and escape – Reuters

Exclusive: Mt. Gox faced questions on handling client cash long before crisis – Reuters

Japanese culture, society and politics:

What Pokemon, Japanese schoolgirl punks, and cocaine have in common – A look at the psychological response to cute objects that makes Pokemon so addictive as an escapist pleasure in dark times.

The vagina, in all its ‘obscene’ glory A review of artist Rokudenashiko’s manga, which is about being arrested for making controversial art based on her genitalia. 

Under the ‘Orientalist’ kimono – Exploring Japan’s “orientalisation” of the kimono, in The Japan Times

Asylum seekers find little refuge in Japan – Originally in Metropolis magazine

How Japan’s election could change the shaky balance of military power in Asia – Quartz

Japan has a cute problem – Why “kawaii” culture holds women down, in Matter

Novelist Mizumura fights to arrest fall of Japanese literature, Review of “The Fall of Language in the Age of English” in the Japan Times

A minicar named Hustler? Japan’s brand names raise eyebrows – On inappropriate Japanese brand names, for Reuters

 

Fukushima:

Insight: Japan’s nuclear clean-up: costly, complex and at risk of failing – Reuters

For many Fukushima evacuees, the truth is they won’t be going home – Reuters

Special Report: Help wanted in Fukushima: Low pay, high risks and gangsters – Reuters (additional reporting)

Fukushima farmer says government got it all wrong – Asahi Shimbun

Art reviews:

Yayoi Kusama: at 85, ‘the ideas just keep coming’ – The Sunday Telegraph

In the Kinky City – Review of photographer Pawel Jaszcuk in Tokyo Art Beat

If you cut into the present, the future leaks out – Review of “Post Fossil” exhibition at Tokyo’s 21_21 Design Site

Sentimental Journeys – Review of “Travel” at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photograph

The Queasy Trinity – Review of Kohei Nawa’s L_B_S at Maison Hermes, Tokyo

Guerrillas in the Midst – Review of avant-garde Japanese art group Chim Pom

Film & Music

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by MDMA – Fuji Rock 2010, in Heso

Stallion Rock – Review of Foals gig, in Heso

Tokyo 23rd Film Festival – in Heso

For the love of cinema – Tokyo 24th Film Festival, in Heso

Food

How to make Real Korean-Style Kimchi – Heso

Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts – Reuters

Health

Can the cold make you stronger? – On Dutch daredevil Wim Hof, The Guardian

 

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