Julian Littler

Julian is a writer living in Tokyo. After completing a Masters at the University of Tokyo he took to writing about a diverse range of subjects including the environment, art and culture, design, food, photography and more.

For Julian Littler's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hunting ivory netsuke carvers is like a big game

Jun 17, 2012

Hunting ivory netsuke carvers is like a big game

Netsuke are the diminutive works of art that dangled from cords attaching purses or other pouches to a kimono’s obi sash before Western garb ousted traditional dress after the modernizing Meiji Restoration of 1868. Particularly in the political capital of Edo (present-day Tokyo), these ...

TED offers everyone the chance to speak or perform

Apr 3, 2012

TED offers everyone the chance to speak or perform

TED — the increasingly popular New York based, California-held ideas event— is coming to Tokyo. The conference, whose speakers were previously by invitation only, will hold an audition in Tokyo on May 29 as part of a worldwide talent search. Organized by the TEDxTokyo ...

Staving off the bulldozers for one more round

| Oct 14, 2011

Staving off the bulldozers for one more round

Tokyo is roughly divided into styles and cliques. Neighborhoods delineate and categorize, often in keeping with the cool factor of their inhabitants: Omotesando, Aoyama and Harajuku for fashionistas; Shibuya for party kids; Koenji for earthy music fans; and Shimokitazawa for the vintage-tint rock-star social ...

Fearing radiation, family quits Japan

| Jun 14, 2011

Fearing radiation, family quits Japan

The ripples from the Fukushima nuclear disaster have been felt across the globe, drawing offers of sympathy and support for Japan, provoking debates about nuclear power and its alternatives — even sparking complete rethinks of energy policy. Germany decided to shut down all its ...

Tweets fuel drive to aid stricken north

| May 17, 2011

Tweets fuel drive to aid stricken north

Marriott Hotel, Ginza, Tokyo. On a chilly March morning less than a week after the earthquake and tsunami, a group of almost 60 people were brought together through Twitter. The purpose of this 7:50 a.m. hotel-front gathering was to collect donated goods to be ...