Fintan Monaghan

For Fintan Monaghan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New Japan Pro-Wrestling hits 40

| Dec 23, 2011

New Japan Pro-Wrestling hits 40

High-impact slams, chokeholds and daredevil feats of athleticism aren’t the usual way to celebrate a 40th birthday, but that’s how New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) will be spending its big day. The promotion company was founded by square-jawed wrestling legend Antonio Inoki in June 1972. ...

A journey inside the mind of Lafcadio Hearn

Nov 5, 2010

A journey inside the mind of Lafcadio Hearn

One hundred and twenty years ago, Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn first arrived in Japan; in Matsue, a provincial backwater in Shimane Prefecture, he became Koizumi Yakumo — his adopted Japanese name. Enamored with the city’s ancient and enduring culture, he married into a local ...