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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:

A dark, bittersweet childhood becomes a manga masterpiece

Nov 26, 2016

A dark, bittersweet childhood becomes a manga masterpiece

“Sunny” is a manga masterpiece. Page by page, it quietly transcends similar slice-of-life comics in its depiction of children in a foster home, their caregivers and estranged parents. Written and illustrated by renowned manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto, this six-volume collection, which won the prestigious ...

NBA Ballet promises a fine and varied show

Nov 22, 2016

NBA Ballet promises a fine and varied show

The NBA Ballet is set to stage an eclectic bill at Saitama Arts Theater next month, comprising the world premieres of two modern works and 1958’s contemporary-style classic, “Stars and Stripes,” by the so-called “father of American ballet,” Russian-born George Balanchine. Not only do ...

'Contact' enters realms of enigma

Oct 25, 2016

'Contact' enters realms of enigma

The great 18th-century French writer and philosopher Voltaire famously said, “Illusion is the first of all pleasures.” His 55-year-old compatriot Philippe Decoufle would probably agree. The celebrated dancer, choreographer, mime artist and theater director burst onto the international stage with his daringly surreal, circus-inspired ...

'Underground in Japan': Life as an illegal migrant in '90s Yokohama

Sep 17, 2016

'Underground in Japan': Life as an illegal migrant in '90s Yokohama

First published in 1992, “Underground in Japan” is Rey Ventura’s account of his life as a illegal day laborer in the construction areas and docks of Yokohama’s Kotobukicho district. Underground in Japan, by Rey Ventura208 pagesSt. Edmundsbury Press, Nonfiction. After studying political science at ...

Shiraishi isn't afraid to ask the tough questions about life

Aug 27, 2016

Shiraishi isn't afraid to ask the tough questions about life

August honors the dead in Japan, so it’s fitting that Kazufumi Shiraishi’s raw discourse on mortality makes its English debut this month. Originally published in 2008, “Me Against the World” breaks from Shiraishi’s fictional works, offering the author’s undiluted musings on life. As told ...

Flamenco fusion set to fire up Tokyo

Aug 23, 2016

Flamenco fusion set to fire up Tokyo

Surrender to the heat of September as the Antonio Gades Company brings its sultry blend of ballet and flamenco to Tokyo, showcasing three of its classic works in two separate programs at Bunkamura’s magnificent Orchard Hall. Japan has long been a hotspot for ballet ...