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Stories by Amitabh Sharma

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"When you draw the string to shoot an arrow, you are not merely drawing the string, you are looking at discipline, balance, and control," said Jonathan Greenland, director, National Museum Jamaica (NMJ). "That is the best way to look at life from...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Higashimatsushima, JAPAN:An underpass cuts into a mountain in Higashimatsushima, leading to a flurry of construction activities, but it's not the usual dust-billowing, heavy-equipment-whirring-type scene.It is more like Lego blocks going up...

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 12:14 AMAmitabh Sharma

It is a labour of love, expanding the horizons of learning, taking the flight of imagination beyond the confines of the four walls, yet being on the terra firma much. Three young volunteers of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Higashimatsushima, Japan:THE MARCH 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan left in its wake a trail of death and destruction, but it also united a community."The wall of water was 10.5 metres high and it surged, leaving the city inundated," recalled Shuya...

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

TOKYO, Japan:Imagine needing to refuel your car, but instead of popping the tank open to a petrol pump, you are doing so to a generator that produces energy from water.Yes, you read correctly; the universal thirst quencher is the new fuel in town.In...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Along the banks of Arakawa River in Tokyo, a group of people are huddled together as they listen to Minoru Igarashi's instructions on colour coding for garbage separation and safety.The group, employees of a local company, gathered to clean up the...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Matsushima, Japan:There is something about Zuigan-ji temple that touches the soul. Serenity permeates in the temple compound - the cedar-tree-lined dirt path, rows of caves carved on the rocky cliff with some moss-covered...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

When Kristina Newman-Scott and her husband, Gordon, emigrated to the United States, it was clear that she wanted to work in the arts.She was a graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and a painter a growing reputation...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

History, it is said, lies buried in the annals of time, faded in the yellowing pages of books and oft forgotten; if one were to chart the history of The Dadhikar Fort, it has risen...

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

The grey concrete and rocky entrance to Rock Garden is unassuming, but like all treasures, which are buried under unpretentious facades, this marvel unfolds, revealing the awe-inspiring creations that are a result of one man's dream.The narrow...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

What is the similarity between rainbows, rays of a sunrise emanating from the skies, the suppleness of a flower in bloom and a latte ... sounds confounded and unrelated ... but the similarity is their beauty and that 'wow' moment, which pleases the...

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 9:25 AMAmitabh Sharma

“The earth laughs in flowers,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, for Rowanne Taylor, the flowers are manifestation of labour of love and their bloom evolves from scissors and glue. Taylor’s journey began at an early age,...

Published:Saturday | April 30, 2016 | 11:13 PMAmitabh Sharma

A QR Code on the wall welcomes visitors, whip out your smartphone, scan, and voila! Transfer of information is initiated, not a web check-in this time around, though - it's art which goes beyond traditional media.'Digital: Exploring creative...

Published:Saturday | April 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

It was a serene Friday morning at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) headquarters on Old Hope Road, Kingston, as law enforcers held back their emotions at the monthly prayer meeting, where they also paid homage to their colleagues, slain, injured...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 1:44 AMAmitabh Sharma, Staff Reporter

“I am like a child on Christmas morning when I open my kiln,” said Wazari Johnson, his shirt dotted with spots, and hands caked in clay, ready to shape the docile, earthy mass of mud into statement pieces. It's love, he said, that...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Music is the food of love, it is said, and if that is the case, love does transcend any physical or metaphysical barrier and flows seamlessly, unequivocally and unconditionally. A phenomenon born in Jamaica, is spreading that love of music in the...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

There are landscapes, and then there are landscapes. The latter capture lives, emotions, encapsulated by the richness of the flora and fauna. The viewer will be transported into that scene, feeling the breeze and participating in the conversations...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

A group of tiny tots gathered beneath a tree, sat down and started singing devotion, no octet, synchronised chorus effects, or bass in play, but resonating purity of thought, raising their prayers to a divine level that filled the room.A tree...

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"The rhythm is in your blood" goes an African proverb, resonating from the beats of the drums, which are not merely musical instruments in that part of the world; their rhythm is embedded in the society's DNA.

Published:Sunday | November 16, 2014 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Sake - The divine brew

Published:Sunday | October 26, 2014 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"We sing happy songs - songs that bring hope and talk about goodness in life," says Kinzaburo Abe, founder of Abeya, one of Japan's best

Published:Sunday | October 19, 2014 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Shamisen ? strings of tradition

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