Japan through the monster's eye

May 27, 2012

Japan through the monster's eye

THE MONSTER MOVIE FAN’S GUIDE TO JAPAN, by Armand Vaquer. ComiXpress.com, 2010, 48 pp., $15.00 (softcover) Last year was the 100th anniversary of director Ishiro Honda’s birth, but most of the English-language press in Japan didn’t seem to notice. Granted, Honda may not be ...

Japan a fond spot in solitary Kiwi's running quest

May 5, 2012

Japan a fond spot in solitary Kiwi's running quest

In this age of reality TV, cheap exhibitionism and superhuman feats, is there still space for the common man? Justyn “Jup” Brown’s reply is a resounding yes. When talking about himself, the 39-year-old New Zealander says, “I’m just a plumber,” even though his eclectic ...

Portraits and memories of those who survived the horrors of war

Apr 29, 2012

Portraits and memories of those who survived the horrors of war

FROM ABOVE, by Paule Saviano. Contents Factory, 2011, 256 p.p., ¥8,000 (hardcover) The twentieth century had, among other things, the dubious distinction of being one of the bloodiest, deadliest times in world history. Wars, genocide, mass murders, etc, aided by the best technology available ...

Enjoying the quiet life in Kanazawa, in black and white

Feb 11, 2012

Enjoying the quiet life in Kanazawa, in black and white

Coincidence can shape people’s lives in many ways. Ask Mark Hammond, and he will certainly agree. Indeed, chance seems to have pushed his life and artistic activity into unpredictable directions. While attending college in the United States, he was more interested in broadcast journalism ...

Tokyo's bookworms find readers' paradise in used bookstores

Dec 24, 2011

Tokyo's bookworms find readers' paradise in used bookstores

First of two parts In these fast times of visual candy, instant gratification and attention-deficit disorder, how can book lovers pursue their “slow food for thought” pleasure while avoiding both Amazon.com and the impersonal big chain bookstores? For foreigners who live in or around ...