Cameron Allan Mckean

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

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 ...

The Goude, the bad and the ugly

Aug 28, 2014

The Goude, the bad and the ugly

On Aug. 15, 1977, an issue of New York Magazine was released with an image of Jamaican singer and model Grace Jones on the cover: She is almost naked, standing on one very long leg; her oil-coated torso twisting to face the camera, with ...

Tropfest gives Japan a peek at Australia

May 29, 2014

Tropfest gives Japan a peek at Australia

The homegrown Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia will have competition for eyeballs this year as Australia’s Tropfest descends on Japan. The event claims — perhaps a bit tongue-in-cheek — to be the “world’s largest short-film festival.” Tropfest is a raucous juggernaut of a ...

Short-film festival holds Tokyo edition

May 15, 2014

Short-film festival holds Tokyo edition

Short-film fever is hitting Tokyo this month, with festivals planned in arty-nooks and cinema-crannies across the capital. But not all short-film festivals are created equal — the good ones are both cleverly curated and take daring approaches in how they screen films. The Future ...

Artists' mission to revitalize an <I>onsen</I> town

Apr 21, 2014

Artists' mission to revitalize an onsen town

It begins with a long, slow hiss. The valves open, and a thick fog is released into the air, pouring from the roof of Dogo Onsen Honkan, the famous three-tiered bathhouse built in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, in 1894. It flows down the side of ...

Nakako Hayashi's delicate war against big fashion

Apr 14, 2014

Nakako Hayashi's delicate war against big fashion

The world’s garments might be made in factories, but fashion is made in the media. In an age when trends coalesce and melt away in the time it takes to put a “#” in front of a keyword, an age when fashion has the ...

James Bridle examines war in social-media age

Feb 6, 2014

James Bridle examines war in social-media age

How differently do you think the project would have been viewed if the images of drone-attack sites were printed in a book? Is the context of the social networking site Instagram important? Instagram is important because it’s a place where many people go every ...