Pampered pets

| Apr 17, 2012

Pampered pets

Dear Alice,Don’t you think it’s time you did a column on the crazy pet products and services available in Japan? I can’t believe the lengths some dog owners go to — dressing their pets in frilly clothes, pushing them around in baby carriages and ...

Mar 22, 2012

Photographing history: pioneers of technique

A good retrospective presents an artist’s full career, challenges our preconceptions and encourages us to rethink his or her work and contributions. Two new exhibitions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography do just that, shedding new light on two very different photographers: Felice ...

Photographing history: pioneers of technique

Mar 22, 2012

Photographing history: pioneers of technique

A good retrospective presents an artist’s full career, challenges our preconceptions and encourages us to rethink his or her work and contributions. Two new exhibitions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography do just that, shedding new light on two very different photographers: Felice ...

Randoseru

| Mar 20, 2012

Randoseru

Dear Alice,As a parent of two children who negotiated the Japanese educational system from day care to university, I’ve always been curious about “randoseru” — those box-like leather schoolbags used by every primary school student in Japan. First-graders nearly topple over from the weight ...

Miso's 'moya moya'

| Feb 21, 2012

Miso's 'moya moya'

Dear Alice, My wife and I have been married long enough that our meals can be largely silent affairs, giving me plenty of time to contemplate the mysteries of my miso soup. I’d like to know what’s in the cloudy bits and how the ...

Platform doors

| Jan 17, 2012

Platform doors

Dear Alice,As a longtime resident of Japan, I have watched with interest the recent installation of barriers on the platforms of many of our subway and train lines. These barriers run the full length of the platform and have sliding gates at just the ...

Jan 5, 2012

Exposing new spins on old-school photography

For a truly fresh outlook on Tokyo, run, don’t walk, to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography to see Sohei Nishino’s exciting photo-collages of Tokyo and nine other cities, on display through Jan. 29 along with works by other up-and-coming Japanese photographers. The exhibition ...

Exposing new spins on old-school photography

Jan 5, 2012

Exposing new spins on old-school photography

For a truly fresh outlook on Tokyo, run, don’t walk, to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography to see Sohei Nishino’s exciting photo-collages of Tokyo and nine other cities, on display through Jan. 29 along with works by other up-and-coming Japanese photographers. The exhibition ...

New window on how Europe viewed Japan

Jan 1, 2012

New window on how Europe viewed Japan

UNDER EAGLE EYES: Lithographs, Drawings and Photographs From the Prussian Expedition to Japan, 1860-61, edited by Sebastian Dobson & Sven Saaler. Iudicium, 2011, 392 pp., €49 (hardcover) Even casual students of Japan are likely to know something about Commodore Matthew Perry and his role ...

<em>Yomawari</em>

| Dec 20, 2011

Yomawari

Dear Alice, I’ve been living in Japan on and off for a few years now, and in the various places I’ve lived I’ve seen groups of senior citizens dutifully patrolling the streets. Just the other day, in my latest location, I encountered a similar ...