Kodo Nishimura is a Buddhist monk from Tokyo. But he also moonlights as a makeup artist. Alessia Cerantola went to meet him.
In March 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami caused devastation in Japan. Nineteen-thousand people were killed. And, another 2,500 are missing - including over 400 people from the town of Otsuchi. The town is still partly in ruins, and partly a construction site and many people there have been struggling with their losses. So one resident, Itaru Sasaki, has taken action. In his garden he has a phone box, and inside it a black rotary phone, though it is not connected, but he began inviting people to come and use the phone to have imaginary conversations with their missing loved one. Outlook's Alessia Cerantola paid a visit to the booth. Continue here.
Fumie Takino is an 84-year-old Japanese woman who has started a cheerleading squad for the over 55s. It's called Japan Pom Pom - they don't cheer for any sporting teams, but they do put on regular performances. For Outlook, Alessia Cerantola went to a dance studio in Tokyo to meet Fumie.
Image: The Japan Pom Pom cheerleading squad
Credit: Alessia Cerantola
Ogni giorno una rassegna di notizie dal mondo.
(by Alessia Cerantola for BBC Outlook)
Underneath Rome's main station the rumble of trains gives way to a different sound: the beat of music. The Termini Underground dance studio helps integrate young migrants through hip hop and breakdancing. The project was started 10 years ago by former dancer and choreographer, Angela Cocozza.
Photo credit: Andrea Di Biagio