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July 2007
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STREET LEVEL
Once a Biker...
Always a biker, and nowhere more so than in Japan. Shoji Kaori reports.
ECONOMY
"Flowers Don't
Grow in Sand"
Ioka Hideyuki reveals how the business traditions of Japan's ancient capital both inform and inspire top Kyoto firms.
SCIENCE
Fuel Cells for the Home:
All Systems Go
Residential fuel cell systems are becoming an increasingly viable commercial prospect, which is good news for consumers as well as the natural environment. Nishida Ryoichi reports.
PARADIGM SHIFTS
Fishy Business
Tony McNicol talks to stallholders and tourists in "Tokyo's kitchen."
ARCHITECTURE
The Mystery Garden
One of the best-known gardens in Japan is also one of its most austere and challenging. Professor Fujimori Terunobu explains the thinking—or possible thinking—behind the "dry landscape" garden at Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto.
BEICHMAN'S BOOKSHELF
Manga from the
Floating World
Professor Janine Beichman reviews Adam L. Kern's humongous new guide to the "little yellow comicbook"—the kibyoshi of Edo Japan.