INTOUCH Magazine

Helping Mend Minds INDEPTH | FOCUS

Helping Mend Minds

With mental health emerging from the shadows, INTOUCH examines the support and counseling work of TELL, the beneficiary of the Women’s Group’s Carpet Auction on February 2.

Read a hundred stories on mental health in Japan and you’ll see the same disembodied declarations a hundred times: startlingly high suicide rates, low access to affordable treatment and an oppressive stigma on discussing the topic at all.

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Painting Places INDEPTH | AUTHOR

Painting Places

Set to speak at the Club this month, writer Ray Bartlett talks travel guides, bringing destinations to life and local hospitality in Tanzania.

Forget Facebook updates, blogging or calling home. Good travel writing requires disconnection, according to acclaimed writer Paul Theroux.

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Stuck on Sake INDEPTH | Sake

Stuck on Sake

Ahead of a Club dinner of Tohoku’s Daishichi sake next month, three Members discuss their passion for Japan’s national drink.

In 2017, Japan shipped a record 23 million liters of sake overseas. At home, however, nine prefectures consumed more sake separately than all the country’s exports combined. And while the beverage’s popularity may be waning among younger Japanese drinkers, each year Tokyo drinks three times as much sake as ever makes it out of Japan.

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Studying for a Better Life Voice

Studying for a Better Life

My new classmates are mostly from Uzbekistan. One, an engineer by training, now works the night shift cleaning a hotel. Another, a dentist by profession, hauls boxes at night for a courier. Another classmate works the graveyard shift as a bookkeeper.

Then it’s my turn to introduce myself. Your kids go where? ASIJ? What’s that? I say I’m taking time to learn the local language. So you’re taking Japanese class here because you just want to? I feel like a foreigner in the room.

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