Elizabeth Day

For Elizabeth Day's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The outbreak of the Great War: 100 years on

Jan 5, 2014

The outbreak of the Great War: 100 years on

On New Year’s Day 1914, a respected weekly literary publication carried a long article penned by an author referred to only as A Rifleman. Entitled “Letters on War” and published in The New Age, an influential radical magazine in Britain, the three-page piece argued ...

Charles Saatchi: art supremo with an image problem

Jun 29, 2013

Charles Saatchi: art supremo with an image problem

When the art collector Charles Saatchi wants something, he knows how to set about getting it. Gallerists and curators are full of stories about the way he walks into an exhibition, fixes on the single best work of art on show and rushes toward ...

Entertaining romps set against Nazi backdrop

Apr 28, 2013

Entertaining romps set against Nazi backdrop

It is 1936. Daphne Linden, the unworldly, 18-year-old daughter of a priapic Oxford professor, is sent to finishing school in Germany along with a slew of other nice young girls, all of whom unwittingly get caught up in a period of tumultuous political upheaval. ...

A journey across Margaret Thatcher's England

Apr 20, 2013

A journey across Margaret Thatcher's England

Much of Eileen Jeffrey’s adult life has been shaped by a woman she never met and a prime minister she never voted for. “I remember Margaret Thatcher, of course I do,” Jeffrey says, standing in the shadow of the South Quay Docklands Light Railway ...

Viva la diva — Xtina keeps it feisty fresh

Nov 27, 2008

Viva la diva — Xtina keeps it feisty fresh

A year in a dog’s life is supposed to be equivalent to seven in human terms. On the way to interview Christina Aguilera, it crosses my mind that there might be a similar exponential growth rate at work for diminutive blonde pop starlets. For ...