Artist creates Yokohama bodhisattvas

May 20, 2012

Artist creates Yokohama bodhisattvas

Eleven bodhisattvas stand in formation, their heads crowned and their almond-shaped eyes and faces dusted with gold. The scene could be a reenactment of a painting, or a sculpture in a Buddhist temple or museum. But it’s not. It’s a scene beheld one recent ...

Richard Collasse: Sold on brand Japan

| May 6, 2012

Richard Collasse: Sold on brand Japan

In Tokyo’s high-end Ginza district, the Chanel Building stands out among the luxury fashion boutiques and global brands’ emporiums thanks to its shining black-glass exterior. To go inside Chanel’s flagship shop in Japan is, for the normal hom sap, however, to be overwhelmed by ...

Legendary Chigusa jazz cafe reborn

Apr 15, 2012

Legendary Chigusa jazz cafe reborn

A lot of people were left feeling blue after Chigusa, Japan’s oldest jazz cafe, closed in 2007 when the Noge district of Yokohama where it had been serving Satchmo with its coffees since 1933 fell victim to developers. Now, though, they can kick out ...

Keene shares his love for Tohoku

Apr 8, 2012

Keene shares his love for Tohoku

Donald Keene, one of the world’s most renowned scholars of Japanese literature, said during an event held in Tokyo on March 20 that he believes that Japan’s northeast will recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake and be reborn as a beautiful region. Keene, ...

Ryunosuke Akutagawa in focus

| Mar 18, 2012

Ryunosuke Akutagawa in focus

Though he died by his own hand at the age of 35, novelist Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s accomplishments were such that, even after so brief a writing career, Japan’s most prestigious literary accolade — the Akutagawa Prize — now bears his name. As well as being ...

From Aboriginal land to Japan's nuclear reactors

| Feb 19, 2012

From Aboriginal land to Japan's nuclear reactors

Peter Watts, co-chair of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, was recently in Japan as one of some 100 speakers at the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World held in Yokohama on Jan. 14 and 15. During an interview with The Japan Times, ...

Graffiti brightens Tohoku housing units

| Jan 15, 2012

Graffiti brightens Tohoku housing units

Almost all the temporary public housing units in the disaster-hit Tohoku region of northeast Japan look the same — like little, soulless boxes, in fact. But soon after graffiti artist Hamilton Yokota went to stay and work at an evacuees’ community in Ishinomaki, Miyagi ...

Jan 13, 2012

Antinuclear event open to general public

As public interest in nuclear-power issues soared following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, there has been a push to get more people involved in discussing alternate energy solutions. The Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World in Yokohama this weekend ...