Waseda students teach you how to have fun

Oct 31, 2013

Waseda students teach you how to have fun

University festivals are probably not the first place foreign residents in Japan would seek out entertainment, but as evidence of the existence — despite many reports to the contrary — of a certain joie de vivre among the nation’s young, they are hard to ...

Downtown comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto leans from TV to film

| Oct 5, 2013

Downtown comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto leans from TV to film

The Downtown comedy duo — comprising Hitoshi Matsumoto and Masatoshi Hamada — are sitting on a train speeding towards Narita Airport outside Tokyo. It’s not like they’re going anywhere, or doing anything, even — they’re just sitting there and waiting for something to happen. ...

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

Sep 28, 2013

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

The Jomon Period of Japanese history is so shrouded in the mists of time that any bid to fathom its secrets stretches even the usual bounds of prehistoric archeology. Yet as amateurs and experts alike have continued unearthing examples of Jomon pottery and stone ...

Olympic stars of the future look forward to 2020

| Sep 14, 2013

Olympic stars of the future look forward to 2020

Thursday night was warm and clear in Yokohama. A cloudless, gradually darkening sky stretched over the 400-meter track at the Yamato Sports Center — seemingly boundless in its ability to absorb the shouts and laughter coming from the 20 boisterous young members of the ...

Lupin III still looks good at 40

Sep 5, 2013

Lupin III still looks good at 40

One of Japan’s most popular manga and anime series, Lupin III gets the exhibition treatment at the Kawasaki City Museum this month. “Lupin III — 40th Anniversary of the Anime” coincides with the 25th anniversary of the museum and, somewhat belatedly, the 40th anniversary ...

Naoto Kan speaks out

| Aug 31, 2013

Naoto Kan speaks out

Naoto Kan took his first steps in the world of politics around 40 years ago as a pugnacious citizen-activist, admonishing those with power as only those without it can. Though he likes to say he’s the same man now, of course there’s an irony ...

Director Igarashi says quake memories still fresh

Aug 22, 2013

Director Igarashi says quake memories still fresh

The Japan Times sat down with the artistic director of the Aichi Triennale, the architecture critic and historian Taro Igarashi. The theme of the triennale is “Awakening — Where are we standing? — Earth, Memory and Resurrection.” Why? I was conscious that the triennale ...