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Kris Kosaka

Kris Kosaka, a resident of Japan since 1996, contributes regularly to The Japan Times. A teacher at Tamagawa Academy in Machida, she is also an MFA candidate in script writing at UBC in Canada.

For Kris Kosaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

From the Japanese

Jul 5, 2014

From the Japanese

This fourth volume of poetry from Tokyo resident Paul Rossiter conveys his 40-year relationship with Japan in collected poems both thoughtful and thought-provoking. These range from the impressions of a startled first-time tourist in 1969 through to Rossiter’s visits to Ishinomaki in Tohoku in ...

NNTT reprises hit 'Rokumeikan' opera based on Mishima play

Jun 18, 2014

NNTT reprises hit 'Rokumeikan' opera based on Mishima play

Midway through the second act of the opera “Rokumeikan,” Countess Asako, the wife of Count Kageyama, the conservative government leader, turns to her former lover Einosuke Kiyohara, who heads the progressive opposition party, and emotes in song: “No, we do not talk of politics; ...

One woman's mark on the nation's Constitution

Jun 14, 2014

One woman's mark on the nation's Constitution

In December 2012, 89-year-old Beate Sirota Gordon knew she was dying. The women’s rights advocate and tireless promoter of cross-cultural exchange in the arts was ill at home in the New York borough of Manhattan. Yet, she pulled herself out of bed one morning, ...

David Bintley bows out with a 'Pagoda' set in Japan

Jun 11, 2014

David Bintley bows out with a 'Pagoda' set in Japan

Challenge is intrinsic to artistic creation, but David Bintley relishes it so much that he specializes in conceiving the unlikely. “I like to do things that people think are impossible in dance,” the English choreographer said in a recent interview with The Japan Times ...

Small presses fill a niche in books about Japan

May 24, 2014

Small presses fill a niche in books about Japan

Isobar Press (Tokyo)Speciality: Poetry “There is a crisis of the printed book, but poetry is one of the genres that works best as a physical book,” Isobar Press founder Paul Rossiter says. “A lot of the readers are themselves poets and it can sound ...

Farm life leads to healthy business for Dutch expat

May 23, 2014

Farm life leads to healthy business for Dutch expat

Outdoorsy expatriate lured by the beauty of Hokkaido sets up in Niseko. Sound familiar? It wasn’t the mountains that proved irresistible for Dutchman Dennis van den Brink, it was the valleys and plains. “I came for the farming,” says van den Brink, who has ...

Kokoro

| May 10, 2014

Kokoro

Peering into the great human divide between the isolated self and the need for emotional validation, Natsume Soseki’s “Kokoro” is a psychological glimpse into the “heart of things” that defies easy categorization: It is not a love story, although it retells a love story; ...