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April 30, 2000 | Barbara Thornburg
Modernist architect Raquel Vert laughs when she recalls the 10 years during which she and her husband, Chaim, lived in their 1950s Encino ranch house before deciding to remodel. "I was working around the clock, seven days a week, in Frank Gehry's office and didn't have time for anything," she says, "much like the proverbial shoemaker's child with no shoes." She even resisted making decorative changes. "I wanted to do it right or not do anything at all."
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NEWS
October 13, 1995 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Japan knew the term sexual harassment , Yuko Watanabe put up with her boss's back-room maulings as part of the job. The Tokyo hotel executive would call Watanabe, then a 20-year-old information guide, to the VIP lounge, throw her on the couch, cover her with kisses and laugh as she struggled. Three years later, in 1989, the nation's first sexual harassment case hit the courts, sparking widespread media coverage that finally gave this age-old problem a name: sekuhara.
SPORTS
January 9, 1986 | JEFF MEYERS, Times Staff Writer
For 15 years, until he returned to the United States in 1984, Steven Seagal lived in Japan, spoke the language, studied the martial arts and became a master of aikido. Not only did he have a rare inside look at the Japanese martial arts establishment, but he penetrated it as few outsiders had ever done. He was a disciple of aikido's head master, he said, and also became a Shinto priest and the first Westerner to own and operate his own dojo (school) in Japan.
NEWS
October 11, 1996 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
How do you write a history of the world's art when national borders are crumbling, fledgling experts are challenging conventional wisdom, long-ignored women's and ethnic groups are demanding a place in the picture and almost no one can define art to anyone else's satisfaction? The answer: not easily. "It almost killed us," said Ian Jacobs, publisher of the new Dictionary of Art, a 34-volume tome promoted as the most comprehensive art historical reference ever.
SPORTS
June 21, 1985 | DEREK RASER
W ho is this guy? In 52 fights spanning the last 13 years, no opponent's hand has ever been raised above him in victory. Forty-eight of his foes had to be scraped up off the canvas. Larry Holmes? Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Neither. It's David Michael Rivisto, the World Kick Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion, born among the martial arts of Japan and apprentice to one of the world's greatest heavyweight boxers.
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