In Japan, an ancient practice has provided a solution for the age-old conundrum - how do family businesses survive when there are no sons to take over? The tale began in AD717, when the god of Mount Haku visited Buddhist monk Taicho Daishi in a dream and told him to find a hot spring in nearby village Awazu - today's Ishikawa prefecture. Daishi discovered the spot and ordered his pupil Garyo Hoshi to build a guest house.
Kimiko Date, one of this year's BBC 100 Women, was the first Asian female tennis player to be ranked in the world's top 10. But arguably her biggest achievement was to come out of retirement at the age of 37 to enjoy a 10-year swansong that only ended in September. She was called the crown jewel of tennis in Japan and reached a career-high ranking of world number four in 1995. So when Kimiko Date announced her retirement just one year later it was a big shock.
"My school uniform felt so heavy as if I was in armour," said Masa, who was bullied as soon as he started high school. "I couldn't bear the school's ambience and my heart was pounding. I thought about killing myself, because that would have been easier." Masa, which is not his real name, had an understanding mother who did not force him to go to school.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".