With most of Japan’s nuclear reactors sitting idle, foreign and domestic developers are working to give renewable energy a boost.
The countryside in and around Mito City, around 100 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, is dotted with remnants of Japan’s economic boom—and eventual bust—of the late 1980s: underused golf courses. But a number of these symbols of Japan’s bubble years now represent the country’s shift to renewable sources of energy.
Former college water polo champ Kirk Ouellette is passing on his love for the sport to the Club’s youth swim team.
Kirk Ouellette paddles out to the middle of the Sky Pool while palming a brightly colored water polo ball in his outstretched right hand. With a flick of his fingers, he propels the ball at an overturned float perched on the edge of the pool. It bounces off with a thud.
For those who are reduced to a bag of nerves by the sight of a podium, help is at hand.
Please tell us about a funny experience after drinking sake,” Mika Yamada declares to the people sat around the long, steel-legged table before her.
Ahead of speaking at the Club this month, British author Philomena Keet explains how Japan inspired two books, The Tokyo Look Book and Tokyo Fashion City.
People sometimes say that academics ultimately study themselves. In my case, this turned out to be scarily accurate, although I didn’t appreciate it when I embarked on my doctorate in social anthropology with a focus on Tokyo street fashion. Looking back, I realize I have had a particularly involved relationship with my clothes.