by David  Tharp The prize in the race to become proficient in spo­ken Japanese isn’t always awarded to the astute or the swift. Consider the following story. The scene is a country…

By Denny Sargent Photo by Rebecca Sargent Every night people around the world, a variety of different countries and cultures, “wish upon a star” in the hope of getting their heart’s desire.…

Text & photos by Sonia Katchian TOKYO BAPTIST CHURCH Faith: Baptist Sunday Services: 8:45 and 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Location: Shibuya Phone: 3461-8425 Of all the English-language churches in this city,…

by Corky Alexander Continuing with Weekender’s investigation into the claims of wondrous results in agriculture, indus­try and medicine through the “invention” of Pi Water, a certain energetic “aura” emitted from specially treated…

The Dolls & Daydreams of Hina Matsuri by Denny Sargent Photos by Rebecca Sargent As early as a month preceding Girls’ Day—Mar. 3—millions of royal “doll families” (hina ningyo) will be hauled…

text & photos by Sonia Katchian Tokyo Union Church Faith: Interdenominational Pastors: Craig Erickson, Mari Thorkelson Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Location: Near Omotesando Station Phone: 3400-0047 Nestled among the zelkova…