Cameron Allan Mckean

Cameron Allan McKean is a culture editor and staff writer at The Japan Times. He writes about contemporary art, folk crafts and disasters in Japan.

For Cameron Allan Mckean's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sci-fi and fact at the Okayama Art Summit

Oct 18, 2016

Sci-fi and fact at the Okayama Art Summit

The city of Okayama was flattened by incendiary bombs in 1945. Many people died, more than 12,000 homes were destroyed and Okayama’s centuries-old wooden castle burned to its stone foundations. In 1966, the donjon was rebuilt with modern concrete, which was likely made in ...

Nissan award echoes a maturing art world

Jun 16, 2015

Nissan award echoes a maturing art world

The biennial Nissan Art Award isn’t new now, and it wasn’t really new when it began in 2013, either — something Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn is fully aware of. “I don’t think it’s a unique approach from our side,” he tells me, ...

'At Kasetsu' and the poetry of everyday life in temporary housing

/ Apr 18, 2015

'At Kasetsu' and the poetry of everyday life in temporary housing

Four years have passed since the evacuees displaced by the Fukushima nuclear disaster moved into kasetsu (temporary housing). Many are unable to return home as their houses are still contaminated. At Kasetsu, by Masaharu Fujishima Translated by Rie Sakakibara 150 pages.YUgyosha, Poetry. In the ...

Memories of Mount Qilai: The Education of a Young Poet

/ Mar 7, 2015

Memories of Mount Qilai: The Education of a Young Poet

Memories of Mount Qilai, by Yang Mu Translated by John Balcom and Yingtsih Balcon 273 pages.Columbia University Press, Nonfiction. “The flames of war … hadn’t reached my ocean, my small city,” writes Chinese poet Yang Mu in an opening essay to his autobiographical account ...

Code + culture: New Internet artists from Japan

Jan 10, 2015

Code + culture: New Internet artists from Japan

If the Internet is an ocean, why do we spend so much time floating on its surface? What’s really going on down there? Not just in the deepest, darkest trenches, but among the forgotten protocols, faulty algorithms and emerging parameters outside the busy shipping ...