by Rick Kennedy A lesson in sitting quietly Zen is training to be at every instant sharply aware of the heartbeat of the universe while at the same time remain­ing relaxed and…

by Fred Harris Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904) and the Realist Movement The cycle of fashion is not only apparent in the clothing industry. We are constantly being directed to relive periods of yesteryear,…

Poet-essayist-musician Jack Stamm takes us into the 5-7-5 world of haiku One of the most touchingly beautiful haiku I know occurs in the song “Mountains of the Moon” by the Grateful Dead.…

DRINKS AFTER WORK There are basic bits of information about doing busi­ness in Japan which by now are familiar to everyone contemplating the local market. If, for example, the Japanese “yes” is…

LACROSSE — generally considered to be the oldest sport in North America—is making serious inroads in Japan, a sports-loving na­tion not exactly loathe to embrace foreign ideas, culture and, yes, sporting events. Lacrosse,…

Beginning with 1905 Battle of Japan Sea, historic battleship remains a crowd-pleaser by Alex Dean At exactly 1:30 p.m.  on May 27, 1905, the Russian Fleet loomed up on the horizon some…