Category: Lifestyle

A crafty way to give the kids a creative workout

It’s one of those fleeting parenting moments when my normally nonstop high-volume children are awake, but silent. The reason for this? They are studiously poring over a table covered with a neatly aligned assortment of wood cutouts — a cat, a witch, a star, a moon, a pumpkin — and, unusually quiet in concentration, they

Beware, Halloween candy can be a horror for pets

NEW YORK – It’s a trick-or-treating tradition: Dump the night’s candy haul onto the living room floor to pick out the gems, or do some horse trading with siblings or friends. The excitement — and sugar rush — may leave humans unaware that all that candy might just be lethal for their hovering pet dogs

Tapes are back with a boom

Along with vinyl’s recent resurgence, another throwback from the 1970s is gaining popularity in the digital age: the boombox portable music player. While radio-cassette players are viewed with nostalgia among older generations, they represent something new and fresh for young people, even if the machines themselves are considered dinosaurs. At a “big radio-cassette player” exhibition

Tapes are back with a boom

Along with vinyl’s recent resurgence, another throwback from the 1970s is gaining popularity in the digital age: the boombox portable music player. While radio-cassette players are viewed with nostalgia among older generations, they represent something new and fresh for young people, even if the machines themselves are considered dinosaurs. At a “big radio-cassette player” exhibition

Winning the battle against breast cancer

Pretty in pink: Tokyo Skytree is illuminated in pink on Oct. 1 last year to mark the beginning of breast cancer awareness month. | COURTESY OF ESTĒE LAUDER COMPANIES Oct. 1 marks the start of the annual Pink Ribbon campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer. To highlight the beginning of the campaign, prominent landmarks

A ruff guide to Seeing Eye dogs in Japan

Ariel is a devoted labrador. Named after the title character in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” Ariel can’t get enough of her owner, 37-year-old Kanako Suzuki. Ariel rolls on her back, begging to be petted, and when Suzuki joins her on the floor, the animal jumps onto her lap — all 24 kilograms of her. The

Sculptor Shintaro Okamoto cracks the ice in New York

NEW YORK – As New York City’s bar owners and mixologists strive for the perfect drinking experience, Shintaro Okamoto encourages them to consider an often-overlooked detail — the quality of the ice. Okamoto, 43, founded his namesake ice studio in 2003 while still in graduate school for fine art at Hunter College. His early business

Dancing to the tune of humanity

Penniless and subsisting on only water for three weeks, Tokyo street-dweller Tokuchika Nishi thought he had come to the end of his life. “My money ran out and I thought it would be fine to just die a dog’s death,” says Nishi, 38, who had spent two years homeless in the Japanese capital after going

Yawatahama’s bright idea of a black list

A scenic western Japan port city has gone to the dark side in a bid to attract visitors — offering them an array of black-colored foods and other items, the same color as the water of the local onsen hot-spring spa. After the spa facility opened in Yawatahama in Ehime Prefecture last summer, a group