Alexander Jacoby

For Alexander Jacoby's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

May 31, 2009

Pigs, pimps, prostitutes and other things — Japan's New Age

Fifty years is a long time, especially in film history. The iconoclastic Japanese New Wave, born with the release in 1959 of Nagisa Oshima’s debut feature, “A Town of Love and Hope,” is now an established part of Japan’s cinematic canon. And in contrast ...

Tora-san in English

Nov 14, 2008

Tora-san in English

This year marks the 40th birthday of arguably the most popular character in Japanese cinema — Tora-san. To celebrate the occasion, Shochiku is releasing the complete set of its Tora-san films, remastered and subtitled in English. Released under the umbrella title of “Otoko wa ...

A lifetime's observations

Dec 28, 2006

A lifetime's observations

He saw Ginza when it was a blackened plain but for the bombed-out Mitsukoshi department store, the Hattori Building and a handful of other structures left standing. He observed the city as it was rebuilt, and its people. He observed, and then he wrote. ...

Nov 21, 2006

Net resources make light work of Japanese study

‘When the tunnel where the border is long is passed through there was snow country.” So starts Yasunari Kawabata’s classic novel “Snow Country,” as garbled by online translation service Alta Vista Babel Fish. It’s no surprise that learners of Japanese, from humble beginners to ...

Why is Japan kept in dark?

| Oct 17, 2006

Why is Japan kept in dark?

For tourists and residents alike, the quintessential image of Tokyo is of a city lit by artificial light. As soon as twilight gathers, the central shopping and entertainment districts of Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi are awash with neon, shining from each shop and office, ...

The past comes alive in Izu

Sep 29, 2006

The past comes alive in Izu

Japanese and foreign residents of the Kanto region head for Izu to seek that elusive thing, “the real Japan.” Only two hours southwest of Tokyo, this slender peninsula seems a world away from the modernized, Westernized environment of the capital. It is a region ...

Web gives niche interests a chance in the free market

Sep 7, 2006

Web gives niche interests a chance in the free market

Economists right back to Adam Smith in the 18th century have exalted the concept of the free market, where all commodities can be bought and sold without tariffs or subsidies. In Western neoliberal political thought, market freedom had become viewed by the 1980s as ...

The subversive soul of 'The Wizard of Oz'

Aug 31, 2006

The subversive soul of 'The Wizard of Oz'

T he combination of Irvine Welsh, author of “Trainspotting,” and “The Wizard of Oz,” Hollywood’s quintessential family film, in the stage play “Babylon Heights” may raise some eyebrows. But “The Wizard of Oz” is not innocent entertainment. The significance of the film to gay ...

More travel information

Jul 5, 2005

More travel information

Vladivostok is most easily accessible by plane from Niigata, which is served two or three times weekly by Air Vladivostok. Flights also depart twice a week from Toyama and Kansai International. Tickets prices vary depending on the season, but as a rule are fairly ...

Eastern Europe in the Far East

Jul 5, 2005

Eastern Europe in the Far East

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia For generations of expatri ates in the days before jet travel, the first stop on the journey back to Europe from Japan was Vladivostok, Russia’s easternmost city and the terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Here, ferries from Niigata docked, and travelers boarded ...