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May 2, 2013

Book Talk: Story of the twin sister left behind in Iran

TOKYO (Reuters) – Mystery shadows “A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea”, a novel about a girl growing up in rural post-revolutionary Iran while dreaming about her identical twin sister and the wonderful life she must be leading in the United States – if she is alive at all.

Crowded security lines at Tehran’s airport, shouting, a girl chasing her twin as a woman in a long coat holds her hand. That is the memory Saba Hafezi clings to after her mother and sister vanish in a haunting tale by Dina Nayeri.

Apr 13, 2013

Korean rapper Psy chases new megahit with ‘Gentleman’ video

SEOUL, April 13 (Reuters) – Hips swinging, South Korean
rapper Psy launched the dance and video of his new song
“Gentleman” at a packed Seoul concert on Saturday, with nearly
160,000 tuned in online to see if he could carry off a repeat of
his megahit “Gangnam Style”.

The video for “Gangnam Style” is the most watched ever on
YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits, and its horse-riding
dance has been imitated by thousands around the world, from Eton
schoolboys, to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Apr 11, 2013

Korean rapper Psy releases single to follow “Gangnam” hit

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean rapper Psy released his much-anticipated new single on Thursday hoping to repeat the success of “Gangnam Style” that made him the biggest star to emerge from the growing K-pop music scene.

The video for “Gangnam Style” has become the most watched item on YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits and Psy’s horse-riding moves sparked an international dance craze.

Apr 11, 2013

Book Talk: Tragedy prompted author to write novel in six weeks

TOKYO, April 11 (Reuters) – Elise is a single mother whose
only child is killed in a sudden freak accident. Distraught, she
at first wants to join her son – but then realises she must stay
alive to care for his beloved cat, which gradually draws her
back into life.

“The Cat”, by award-winning Israeli-born author Edeet Ravel,
got its start from the July 2011 news that a gunman had opened
fire at a youth camp on a Norwegian holiday island, killing 77
people, setting off a compulsion that had her writing so rapidly
she completed a draft of the book in six weeks.

Apr 4, 2013

The man who climbed Everest, the wife who waited

TOKYO (Reuters) – Author Tanis Rideout never hiked, hated the cold and at one time had barely heard of British climber George Mallory, who may have been one of the first men to make it to the top of Mount Everest before perishing on its slopes.

But an Everest-obsessed coworker at an outdoor equipment store introduced her to Mallory, the controversy about whether he summited the world’s highest peak, and video footage from his 1920s expeditions, and she found it impossible to get him out of her head – until finally writing, years later, her debut novel, “Above all Things”.

Apr 4, 2013

Book Talk: The man who climbed Everest, the wife who waited

TOKYO, April 4 (Reuters) – Author Tanis Rideout never hiked,
hated the cold and at one time had barely heard of British
climber George Mallory, who may have been one of the first men
to make it to the top of Mount Everest before perishing on its
slopes.

But an Everest-obsessed coworker at an outdoor equipment
store introduced her to Mallory, the controversy about whether
he summited the world’s highest peak, and video footage from his
1920s expeditions, and she found it impossible to get him out of
her head – until finally writing, years later, her debut novel,
“Above all Things”.

Mar 22, 2013

Rebecca Minkoff takes aim at Asia’s sexy tomboy shoppers

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) – She is young, a sexy tomboy,
Internet savvy and a fashion trendsetter rather than a follower.
With money to burn, she is designer Rebecca Minkoff’s ideal
customer in a booming Asia.

The 32-year-old American designer, who is known mainly for
her luxury handbags, has positioned Asia as a key part of the
growth plan for the company she runs with her brother.

Mar 21, 2013

Hiroko Koshino features flowers, fur at Japan Fashion Week

TOKYO, March 21 (Reuters) – Leather, fur and kimono-like
draped fabric met in bold fusion on Thursday as designer Hiroko
Koshino showed off skills honed through decades of rivalry with
her two sisters, both also designers in a fashion family
spanning several generations.

Koshino’s collection, “Floral Memories,” was a highlight of
the final days of Japan Fashion Week, showing the autumn and
winter collections of 2013-14, which ends this week.

Mar 18, 2013

Designers at Japan Fashion Week target growing Asian market

TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) – From a phoenix-themed collection
by a Japanese designer who has clothed Lady Gaga to touches of
traditional Mongolian decorations, designers showing at Japan
Fashion Week set their sights firmly on Asia and its huge
market.

Chinese consumers have become the world’s leading buyers of
luxury goods and account for one quarter of this market globally
with demand growing, according to a report by consulting firm
Bain & Co.

Mar 7, 2013

IOC “hugely impressed” by quality of Tokyo games bid

TOKYO (Reuters) – International Olympics officials said on Thursday that they were “hugely impressed” by Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic games as well as strong government support from a country keen to show it has recovered from the devastating 2011 quake and tsunami.

At stake are an estimated three trillion yen ($32 billion) in potential economic impact and the chance, Japanese officials say, to showcase the country’s recovery from the disaster in the way the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games highlighted the nation’s return after its World War Two defeat.