A selection of my published articles:


Climate change

Can Netherlands’ ground-shifting plan prevent flooding? – The Financial Times

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like? – The Guardian

Can bringing back starry nights stimulate the climate movement? – Citylab

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

Urban issues and housing:

Bike-dominated Amsterdam is not a walker’s paradise – Citylab

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

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

A greater share for the Japanese sharehouse –

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


My Husband Paid Me To Do Housework – To Address My Husband Paid Me to Do Housework – Gender inequality is still stark in the home — and contributes to the pay-gap. Could a wage rectify the imbalance? – The Atlantic

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

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.- The Japan Times

Culture, politics, and society:

White apologies are almost as bad as the crimes that sparked them – Medium

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.

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

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


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

Fukushima’s nuclear disaster

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


How to make Real Korean-Style Kimchi – Heso

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


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

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