Elliott Samuels

For Elliott Samuels's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Food Wars! vol. 1

Aug 9, 2014

Food Wars! vol. 1

“Food Wars!” tells the story of an ambitious boy named Soma whose dreams of becoming a successful chef appear to be over when his father closes down the family restaurant. His father then challenges Soma to enroll in an elite culinary school that prides ...

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

Jul 19, 2014

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

“Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential” was first published in 2010, offering readers a rare insight into a growing global fascination with the image of the Japanese schoolgirl. This revised edition features eight new sections that focus on developments on the subject, including an analysis of the ...

Be prepared before you hit Fuji Rock

Jul 18, 2014

Be prepared before you hit Fuji Rock

With Fuji Rock happening next weekend, it’s time to start making sure you’ve got everything you need to make the festival an unadulterated success. Here’s a list of essential items you should consider trying to squeeze into your bags: Footwear: Ideally, you’re likely to ...

Zen Landscapes

Jun 28, 2014

Zen Landscapes

Zen Landscapes, by Allen S. Weiss.Reaktion, Nonfiction. Much has been written about Japanese gardens, with authors waxing lyrical about the craftsmanship and miniaturization that are often on display. These gardens, however, are much more than mere abstract designs; they are living landscapes that change ...

Inside and Other Short Fiction

| Jun 21, 2014

Inside and Other Short Fiction

The tagline on the cover of this provocative anthology pretty much sums it up in a nutshell: “Japanese women by Japanese women.” Featuring eight short stories and a foreword by novelist Ruth Ozeki, “Inside and Other Short Fiction” is a gritty introduction to contemporary ...