Articles

Mainichi Shimbun:

Environmental, social awareness take center stage at Fuji Rock Festival – 毎日新聞, Mainichi Shimbun, August 10, 2014

U.S. actor, activist George Takei speaks out on lifetime of championing social justice, Mainichi Shimbun, June 10, 2014

Vietnam Friendship Village offers healing, hope to those impacted by war’s ongoing legacy – 毎日新聞, Mainichi Shimbun, March 1, 2014

U.S. keyboardist brings musical genius–and fascinating history–to Tokyo stage, Mainichi Shimbun, February 6, 2014

Citizens across India protest nuclear deal with Japan during Prime Minister Abe’s visit – 毎日新聞, Mainichi Shimbun, February 4, 2014

Grassroots network seeks end to multiple discrimination faced by disabled women – 毎日新聞, January 18, 2014

Artist, author Mayumi Oda: 3.11 tragedy was wake-up call to change lifestylesMainichi Shimbun, December 28, 2013

‘Negative_ Nothing’ film documents Swiss man’s journey on foot through post-disaster Japan- 毎日新聞, Mainichi Shimbun, December 7, 2013

Tokyo workshop advocates gains in social, political spheres for Japan’s LGBT communities- 毎日新聞, Mainichi Shimbun, December 2, 2013

Search for post 3-11 food safety prompts return to natural rural living, traditional foods, Mainichi Shimbun, November 21, 2013

‘Hafu’_ Film addresses Japan’s growing diversity via stories of mixed-race individuals- 毎日新聞Mainichi Shimbun, November 1, 2013

Tokyo Peace Film Festival takes on tough social issues- 毎日新聞, Mainichi Shimbun, September 26, 2013

Lifework of doctor killed in accident after Fukushima evacuation lives on through art- 毎日新聞, Mainichi Shimbun, September 14, 2013

U.S. artist and author brings timeless message of natural, sustainable living to Japan, Mainichi Shimbun, July 28, 2013 (reprinted on Alicia Bay Laurel’s website)

Time Out Tokyo Magazine:

Yoko Ono: Samurai spirit, Time Out Tokyo, October 27, 2014

The Diplomat:

Agent Orange in Okinawa, The Diplomat, November 18, 2014

Shingetsu News Agency:

Reassessing Japan and the Iraq War: Former U.S. soldier turned anti-war campaigner joins Japanese peace groups in advocating non-military future, Shingetsu News Agency, December 17, 2014

Metropolis Magazine:

Restaurant Reviews:

An Open-Air Affair: Indulge your senses on the city’s 19 coolest patios,”  Metropolis, June 26, 2014

“Lotus Café–Hipsters beware in Omotesando.” Metropolis, May 7, 2013

Features:

“Return of the peacekeeper: Humanitarian  aid worker and former hostage Nahoko Takato won’t give up on her personal mission to alleviate suffering in Iraq.” Metropolis. December 22, 2006.

LGBT Issues:

Chasing Rainbows: LGBT Communities in Japan Gain Slow Yet Steady Social Recognition.” Being A Broad Magazine. April 25, 2013.

“LGBT Resources in Japan: Something for Everyone.”
Being A Broad Magazine. July 7, 2011.

She Found Love in Japan: Tous Les Jours.” Being A Broad Magazine. November, 2010 issue (page 19).

Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival explores themes of sexuality, gender, and humanity across globe. Ten Thousand Things, July 27, 2010.

Lesbos, Take a trip to where it all began. Curve magazine, July 9, 2010

Queer Cinema in Japan
Curve Magazine, November 2009

Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Highlights Issues Facing LGBT Japan.LOTL magazine, October 2008.

Tokyo Gay Film Festival Continues Second Weekend Run.Fridae (Empowering Gay Asia). July 18, 2008.

“New Beginnings for Gay Movement: Kanako Otsuji.” Fridae (Empowering Gay Asia). August 6, 2007.

“LGBT Human Rights Conference in Montreal.” Women Educators and Language Learners (WELL) online newsletter. January 30, 2007.

 

Kyoto Journal Magazine & Ten Thousand Things blog:

Citizens seek justice for Fukushima residents, evacuees as Japanese government continues pursuing nuclear program,” Ten Thousand Things, May 17, 2013

“‘They Don’t Want You to Know What is Going On’: Performance Artists Noora Baker and Yoshiko Chuma Bring Pain of Palestinian Reality onto Tokyo Stage,” Ten Thousand Things, December 23, 2012

Japan at Crossroads on Eve of Election: Top-Down Shock Doctrine or Citizen-Led Social Change?,”  Ten Thousand Things, December 14, 2012

‘No Nukes Live 2012’ brings playfulness, seriousness to Tokyo stage,” Ten Thousand Things, November 30, 2012

‘Free Pussy Riot Tokyo’: Japan-based artists gather to raise consciousness, funds for jailed Russian duo,” Ten Thousand Things, November 9, 2012

170,000 passionately take to Tokyo streets for Sayonara Nukes Rally: “We HAVE made change! Now, it’s time to take it to the next level,Ten Thousand Things, July 17, 2012

Fukushima Organic Farmers Fight Odds to Continue Livelihood Amidst Radiation’s Unknowns,” Ten Thousand Things, June 13, 2012

Two weekend 3.11-themed events encourage Tokyo residents to consider Tohoku realities,” Ten Thousand Things, April 4, 2012

One-year commemoration of 3.11 disaster spans range of human emotion in disaster-hit region,” Ten Thousand Things, March 18, 2012

City slowly returns to life ten months after disaster,” Ten Thousand Things, January 21, 2012

Passion Runs High at Global Yokohama Conference as Delegates Demand a Nuclear Free World; Justice for Fukushima Citizens,” Ten Thousand Things, January 17, 2012

“Atomic Café”: Japan’s entertainment personalities confront post-Fukushima sociopolitical realities, lament media silence during recent Tokyo event“, Ten Thousand Things,December 16, 2011

Supporters Form Human Chain in Tokyo to Call for Wartime Sexual Slavery Justice Amidst Ultra-Right Opposition,” Ten Thousand Things,December 15, 2011

Eight months after disaster, tsunami survivors taking things as they come,” Ten Thousand Things,November 12, 2011

Voices from Fukushima: Japanese citizens demand accountability on domestic, global levels as government continues reckless nuclear policies,” Ten Thousand Things,November 12, 2011

“We refuse to inherit or leave a negative legacy” – Youth launch Tokyo hunger strike to end nuclear power”, Ten Thousand Things,September 14, 2011

Distressed Fukushima Citizens Issue Global Appeal to Support Evacuation Plea; Safecast Project Provides Online Radiation Mapping, Ten Thousand Things, July 29, 2011

Haruki Murakami: As An Unrealistic Dreamer,Ten Thousand Things, July 16, 2011

Citizens in Japan take proactive action as Fukushima radiation threats loom; ask for international support in signing petition, e-mailing officials, Ten Thousand Things, June 16, 2011.

Amidst hopeful signs, activists continue impassioned efforts to stop nuclear power plant in gorgeous Seto Island SeaTen Thousand Things, May 26, 2011.

“We are not powerless”: Shizuoka Residents Voice Fears, Hopes at “Nanohana Parade Hamaoka”Ten Thousand Things, April 11, 2011.

“17,500 gather in Tokyo on Sunday in lively events to demand clean energy, urge halt to Hamaoka nuclear power plant (Please sign petition!),” Ten Thousand Things, April 24, 2011.

Tokyo art and music event mourns disaster victims, raises seriousness of nuclear power and radiation issues,” Ten Thousand Things, April 5, 2011.

Explosion occurs at nuclear plant facility in Fukushima; Residents urged to take precautions against possible exposure to contaminants,” Ten Thousand Things,  March 12, 2011.

“Human rights awardees inspire Tokyo audience in emotional ceremony.” Ten Thousand Things,  December 9, 2010.

“20th Sunagawa Aki Matsuri remembers past struggles as it celebrates autumn.” Ten Thousand Things,  November 4, 2010.

“Biodiversity and COP10: Spotlight on Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest and the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.”Ten Thousand Things,  October 19, 2010.

Cycling Duo Inspire Dreams Across Globe. Ten Thousand Things, August 20, 2010.

Hikari Matsuri (“Festival of Light”) commemorates Hiroshima & Nagasaki as it celebrates the arts & sustainable lifestyles. Ten Thousand Things, August 11, 2010.

No More Noise! Futenma neighbors stage sit-in at Japanese Diet in Tokyo. Ten Thousand Things, August 5, 2010.

Tokyo event contemplates Guam-Okinawa anti-base struggles and connections. Ten Thousand Things, July 29, 2010.

Hands Across Sand calls for end to offshore drilling around the world. Ten Thousand Things, July 9, 2010.

“Peaceful New Earth Celebration” in Tokyo spotlights Okinawa, indigenous cultures, sustainability, & global networking, Ten Thousand Things, June 24, 2010.

Remembering the 1960 ANPO Struggle: “The souls of the dead live on”. Ten Thousand Things, June 16, 2010.

Fucha cuisine: Zen Buddhist tradition offers lessons in nonviolent simplicity through food. Ten Thousand Things, May 26, 2010.

“Seva Haiti Project: Communities unite in Tokyo to raise funds, awareness for earthquake survivors.” Ten Thousand Things, May 11, 2010.

Hiroshima Panels and Pink Action urge nuclear-free world and citizen inquiry into Iraq War at NYC event.“Ten Thousand Things, May 5, 2010.

Protest at the Japanese Diet: Voices from the Okinawan Grassroots.” Ten Thousand Things, April 28, 2010.

Spring Love Harukaze 2010: Musical festival-goers feel the love; explore issues of peace and sustainability.” Ten Thousand Things, April 15, 2010.

War Makes People Insane: Dramatic work by performance artist Tari Ito lays bare the reality of military sexual violence.” Ten Thousand Things, March 11, 2010.

New Japan-U.S. Citizens for Okinawa (JUCO) network reaches out to American people on Okinawa base issue.” Ten Thousand Things, March 4, 2010.

Live theater performers from Iraq and Tunisia bring deep emotion, human connection to Tokyo stage.” Ten Thousand Things, February 28, 2010.

Thousand gather over weekend in Tokyo to support a military base-free Okinawa.” Ten Thousand Things, January 31, 2010.

“Performing Artists and Supporters Unite to Save Orchestral Music in Japan.” Ten Thousand Things, December 15, 2009.

“2009 Asia Forum for Solidarity Economy Concludes Successfully in Tokyo.” Ten Thousand Things, November 29, 2009.

“Peace Not War Japan’s film/live music festival highlights citizen movements: Mt. Takao/Okinawa’s Yanbaru forest/Iraqi refugees in Jordan.” Ten Thousand Things, November 12, 2009.

“Festival Cinema Brasil Director Edison Mineki discusses history of film in Brazil.” Ten Thousand Things, October 31, 2009.

“Peace lovers and musicians stir up good vibes during World March Tokyo event.” Ten Thousand Things, October 20, 2009.

“No Nukes Festa 2009 brings citizen concerns to light.” Ten Thousand Things, October 12, 2009.

“Creating hope from destruction in Iraq: Errant Home and the visual art of Qasim Sabti.” Ten Thousand Things, August 7, 2009.

“Creating Hope from destruction: Hiroshima’s “Religion of Peace” Ten Thousand Things, August 6, 2009.

“City of Borders: Documentary takes on issues of human connection against all odds in Jerusalem”. Ten Thousand Things, July 25, 2009.

“6th Annual Tokyo Peace Film Festival plays to a packed house: Explores Tibet, Palestine, and alternatives to the economy of exploitation.” Ten Thousand Things, June 22, 2009.

“Collateral Repair for Collateral Damage: International grassroots network helps displaced Iraqis rebuild their lives, one project at a time.” Kyoto Journal magazine #72. June 2009.

“Tens of thousands gather to demand end to war at 2008 Global Article 9 Conference.” Ten Thousand Things, May 23, 2009.

“Hope Amidst the Pain: Grassroots Japanese Network Gives Voice, Support to People in Iraq.” Ten Thousand Things, November 28, 2007.

“’I am here first and foremost as a human rights activist’: Iraqi correspondent Isam Rasheed visits Japan, urges focus on war’s human costs”, Ten Thousand Things, July 28, 2006.

“Police crackdown on anti-war activists intensifies following SDF dispatch to Iraq.” Ten Thousand Things, October 28, 2004.

Published articles not available online:

“Beyond Hypocrisy: One American’s View of the War in Iraq.” Fujin Shinpo (Japanese women’s journal.) May 2003.

“What is Nationality, Anyway? My experience at the Sydney Gay Games.” Anise (Japanese women’s journal). January 2003.

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