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 ...

Isobe works herald rebirth for museum

Aug 1, 2013

Isobe works herald rebirth for museum

‘Scrap and build” used to be the mantra of Japanese developers when approaching out-of-date structures. The theory was that Japanese people preferred their buildings to be in a more-or-less constant state of “newness” — a la Ise Shrine, which is rebuilt every two decades. ...

From Hollywood to Hirohito

| Jul 6, 2013

From Hollywood to Hirohito

From “Empire of the Sun” to “The Last Samurai,” and from “Memoirs of a Geisha” to “Babel” — when Hollywood film directors have turned their cameras to the Land of the Rising Sun, there is one person they have insisted on having by their ...