Life inside a Nepalese cable car in 'Manakamana'

Jun 10, 2015

Life inside a Nepalese cable car in 'Manakamana'

One summer in Tokyo, as I was unemployed and without any better ideas about how to occupy myself, I spent an entire day riding the Yamanote Line. It takes roughly one hour to complete a loop of the line and, in the course of ...

The 'dwarf' architect of Japan's literary boom

May 9, 2015

The 'dwarf' architect of Japan's literary boom

With a chuckle, translator and literary critic Motoyuki Shibata recalls the way author Steven Millhauser once described him. Monkey Business Vol. 5, Edited by Ted Goossen and Motoyuki Shibata. A Public Space, Journal. “(He) compared me with a dwarf who works while he’s sleeping,” ...

Cuushe dreams of perfect pop on 'Night Lines'

Apr 12, 2015

Cuushe dreams of perfect pop on 'Night Lines'

Where Japanese musicians used to move to Tokyo for a shot at the big time, these days it feels like increasing numbers of them are heading to Berlin instead. Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi, better known by her dream-pop alias Cuushe, was one of them. In 2012, ...

British filmmaker sounds out Japan

Apr 12, 2015

British filmmaker sounds out Japan

In 1996, the Environment Ministry unveiled a list of designated places and traditions around the country that demanded appreciation not for how they looked, but how they sounded. The selections in “100 Soundscapes of Japan” may not have been terribly adventurous — bird songs, ...