Fumio Yamashita: May his epitaph be <em>tendenko</em>

| Dec 18, 2011

Fumio Yamashita: May his epitaph be tendenko

When a tsunami is coming, don’t try to look for your relatives. Don’t try to help the elderly, your grandparents or your parents. Don’t try to call your wife or your husband. Don’t think about your children or your grandchildren. Run. Save yourself. Such ...

How The Japan Times saved a foundering battleship, twice

Dec 18, 2011

How The Japan Times saved a foundering battleship, twice

Mikasa! The name of the mighty Japanese battleship will be as familiar to the world’s naval historians as it is now to viewers of NHK’s Sunday evening drama “Saka no Ue no Kumo” (“Clouds Over the slope”). It was the Mikasa that all but ...

Fashion grad holds art show inside Muji

Dec 9, 2011

Fashion grad holds art show inside Muji

Takehiko Sanada has an unusual background for an artist. He studied fashion and, from 1985 till 1992, he worked as a designer with Issey Miyake. But, take a look at the complex objects and sculptures the 48-year-old assembles from fabrics and other materials, and ...

Restless Arab region presents curatorial challenge

| Dec 1, 2011

Restless Arab region presents curatorial challenge

In mid-February, Mori Art Museum Associate Curator Kenichi Kondo noticed an article on the Nafas website, which specializes in art news from the Middle East. Egyptian media artist Ahmed Basiony, it said, had gone to Tahrir Square in Cairo to join the protests against ...

Nov 27, 2011

For the class of 2011, humor's a tonic they're eager to share

The Japan Times quizzed three current NSC tudents about their motivations and dreams — and about their thoughts on how the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11 will influence the future of the Class of 2011. Ryosuke Yusa (19; high school graduate; member ...

Comedy's a funny business in Japan

Nov 27, 2011

Comedy's a funny business in Japan

Downtown, Ninety-Nine, Cream Stew, Neptune, Bananaman, Penalty, Black Mayonnaise, Tutorial, License, King Kong, Peace, Punk Boo Boo, Slim Club, Oriental Radio . . . What on Earth is all this about? Well, if you are familiar with the daily deluge of delights offered up ...

Bending the rules with architecture

Nov 17, 2011

Bending the rules with architecture

German-born, Tokyo-based architect Florian Busch says that witnessing a building rise from an open plot of land is like watching a plant grow. “You watch as every leaf sprouts,” he says. “Architecture takes such a long time, but the satisfaction when you see something ...