Andrew Lee

For Andrew Lee's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Takashi Murakami's reluctant homecoming

Nov 19, 2015

Takashi Murakami's reluctant homecoming

Ebisu Yokocho has never looked so fabulous. It’s the night before Halloween and costumed women with talon-like nails and feathered eyelashes snake their way through a boisterous crowd crammed into this narrow alley of food stalls and bars. The smell of booze and grilled ...

'Pippin' revival takes classic musical to new heights

Sep 10, 2015

'Pippin' revival takes classic musical to new heights

The current revival of the musical “Pippin” playing at Theatre Orb in Shibuya’s Hikarie building is, quite literally, breathtaking. A show within a show, “Pippin” smashes the fourth wall with a performing troupe of circus acrobats and dancers led by a Leading Player who ...

Review: Kiss with Momoiro Clover Z at Tokyo Dome

Mar 6, 2015

Review: Kiss with Momoiro Clover Z at Tokyo Dome

The Kiss show at Tokyo Dome on March 3 was the third time I’ve seen the band play live. The first time was in Sydney in 1980 — my first-ever live concert. At 13, I was a massive Kiss fan, dressed to the nines ...

Inside author David Mitchell's metaphysical mind

Aug 30, 2014

Inside author David Mitchell's metaphysical mind

Outside the vista windows of the Hotel New Otani’s Garden Lounge cafe in Tokyo, it’s snowing, in March, and it suddenly feels like the spring flowers in the Japanese garden below may have popped too soon. David Mitchell wonders aloud what kind of flowers ...

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1)

Aug 16, 2014

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1)

You have to wonder whether the vein of vampire stories will ever be sucked dry, and yet the blood just keeps on flowing with the release of “Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign” from Viz. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1), by ...

Monster Volume 1

Aug 2, 2014

Monster Volume 1

Naoki Urasawa is one of the giants of modern manga and is perhaps best known outside Japan for his epic series “Nijuseiki Shonen (20th Century Boys)” and “Pluto,” his reinterpretation of Osamu Tezuka’s “Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy).” In “Monster,” too, it could be argued ...

Cypulchre

Jul 26, 2014

Cypulchre

Many writers have tried in vain to emulate the cool tech-lingo-driven prose of author William Gibson’s early cyberpunk fiction, and it’s easy to pick those budding science-fiction writers who cast themselves as his successor — fellow Canadian Joseph MacKinnon falls into this category. Cypulchre, ...

All You Need is Kill

Jul 12, 2014

All You Need is Kill

To tie in with the release of the film “Edge of Tomorrow,” Haikasoru has published a graphic novel based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need is Kill,” from which the film was adapted. Not to be confused with the manga version of the same ...

The Case of the Sharaku Murders

Jun 21, 2014

The Case of the Sharaku Murders

Before winning the Edogawa Rampo Prize for “The Case of the Sharaku Murders” in 1983, Katsuhiko Takahashi was an ukiyo-e researcher and university lecturer, which perhaps explains why he chose to set his debut novel in the bitchy academic world of ukiyo-e scholarship — ...