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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:

Memoirs of Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Manchuria's 'Fragrant Orchid'

Apr 25, 2015

Memoirs of Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Manchuria's 'Fragrant Orchid'

Often the conflicts between countries are best expressed through the personal story of a single citizen, and this is true with “Fragrant Orchid,” the autobiography of famed actress and singer Li Xianglan. Born Yoshiko Yamaguchi — her birth name as an ethnic Japanese — ...

Excavating Japan's buried baseball history with Masanori Murakami

Apr 18, 2015

Excavating Japan's buried baseball history with Masanori Murakami

Sometimes historical analysis can’t compete with a good personal story, as Robert K. Fitts — a baseball expert and former archaeologist — proves with his newest book, “Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer.” Mashi Robert K. Fitts, ...

Black Jack

| Mar 21, 2015

Black Jack

Although he is best known internationally for creating “Astro Boy,” Osamu Tezuka’s most popular work for adults in Japan is “Black Jack,” a series of short stand-alone stories from the 1970s, documenting the renegade antics of the unconventional title doctor whose mercenary facade masks ...

Mendeleev's Mandala

Mar 21, 2015

Mendeleev's Mandala

“Mendeleev’s Mandala” is the most recent collection of poetry from Kansai-based writer Jessica Goodfellow. Mendeleev’s Mandala, by Jessica Goodfellow 100 pages.Mayapple Press, Poetry. Each poem encompasses more than a world in a grain of sand; there is a universe on every page of this ...

Above the East China Sea: A Novel

Mar 14, 2015

Above the East China Sea: A Novel

Although this is supposedly Sarah Bird’s “most ambitious” novel to date — and it is ambitious — it’s not the novel that falls short, it’s the marketing. Rather than Bird’s ticket to entering the “literary elite,” it is the best of young adult fiction. ...

Tokyo Ballet revisits 'Giselle' anew

Mar 11, 2015

Tokyo Ballet revisits 'Giselle' anew

Ballet legend Vladimir Malakhov’s first connection with Japan was more than 20 years ago, when he danced in the World Ballet Festival in Osaka opposite Alessandra Ferri in a piece from Marius Petipa’s 1850 revival of “Giselle.” Now, as the Tokyo Ballet’s artistic adviser ...

A 'Swan Lake' of diversity

Feb 25, 2015

A 'Swan Lake' of diversity

“Ballet must be accessible,” the French choreographer and artistic director of The Ballet of Monte Carlo, Jean-Christophe Maillot, believes — and the upcoming Japan premiere of “LAC,” his most ambitious reconfiguration of a classic to date, promises to attract both fans of Tchaikovsky’s famed ...

Condors dancers share double bill with rising star

Jan 28, 2015

Condors dancers share double bill with rising star

Ryohei Kondo, who founded the popular male dance troupe Condors in 1996, is always brimfull of innovative ideas — even when they’re garbed in traditional clothing. When Maimi Sato, Saitama Arts Theatre’s head producer of dance, asked the choreographer to interpret a Japanese folk ...