Elliott Samuels

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

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

Jan 3, 2015

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, by Akira Toriyama, Translated by Tetsuichiro Miyaki.Viz Media, Manga. A gruff scientist named Omori lives alone on an island, attempting to succeed in his bid to travel in time. His tranquil life is interrupted when a spacecraft crash-lands off the ...

Man'yo Luster

Dec 27, 2014

Man'yo Luster

Man’yo Luster, by Susumu Nakahashi, Translated by Ian Hideo Levy, Photos by Hakudo Inoue.Pie Books, Poetry. Compiled in the eighth century during the Nara Period, the “Man’yoshu” (“Collection of 10,000 Leaves”) is the oldest anthology of domestic poetry. It includes the works of hundreds ...

Descent into Hell: Civilian Memories of the Battle of Okinawa

Dec 20, 2014

Descent into Hell: Civilian Memories of the Battle of Okinawa

In 1983, Okinawa’s Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper published a series of articles based on interviews with survivors of the Battle of Okinawa that looked at the experiences of civilians in the prefecture toward the end of World War II. In “Descent Into Hell: Civilian Memories ...

Kiska: The Japanese Occupation of an Alaska Island

Dec 6, 2014

Kiska: The Japanese Occupation of an Alaska Island

Kiska, by Brendan Coyle.University of Alaska Press, Nonfiction. The volcanic island of Kiska in the Aleutian chain was occupied by Japanese forces from June 1942 until August 1943. More than 7,500 Japanese personnel lived on the island until they heard Allied troops were moving ...