Naomi Gingold has lived and worked across Asia and the US. Her reporting covers a wide range of areas but specialties include: technology, international affair/politics, health, and the arts. She also has a background in music production and will be always on the lookout for the perfect bridge to play Pooh Sticks.
Japanese people, even some minority groups, tend to believe that Japanese society is homogeneous and racism doesn't exist in the country. But a Japanese American has drawn praise — and ire — by exposing that belief as a myth.
In less than 15 years, Soka University of America has become one of the top 50 liberal arts schools in the country, according to the holy grail of college rankings: the US News and World Report’s annual list of best colleges.
"Kanamara Matsuri" translates literally into English as "Metal Penis Festival," and the scene lives up to its name. Phallic symbols and penis paraphernalia are everywhere, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike. But it's one of just thousands of local Shinto festivals across the country.
First lady Michelle Obama promoted girls education in developing countries alongside her Japanese counterpart Akie Abe. But she avoided the elephant in the room — Japan's own struggles with gender inequity.
Not everyone who evacuated the area near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant four years actually had to leave. But four years later, despite government reassurances — and plenty of pressure — they say returning to their homes still isn't safe.
The leaders of a new mosque in Southern California want to create a "safe space to be with their sisters" and a way to empower Muslim American women. Will all-female mosques catch on elsewhere in the United States?
Erik Bruner-Yang's already got one of the hottest restaurants in the nation's capital: a ramen shop called Toki Underground. But recently, he opened an Asian market, something he says is sorely lacking in Washington. The market's called Honeycomb, and the whole point, Bruner-Yang says, is to utilize as many local ingredients as possible.
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop does puppet theatre for adults. Their shows, with puppets in a variety of styles and designs, look at the different ways puppets die.
To prevent Ada Lovelace from acquiring the crazy poetic temperament of her father, Lord Byron, Ada's mother forced her to study the cool logic of mathematics.
Uniqlo, a Japanese clothing store, has become a darling in the US for its design and clean, cheery shopping experience. But some workers say that's possible because of a harsh company culture that imposes strict rules and mistreats employees.