Cameron Allan Mckean

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

'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 ...

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 ...