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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:

'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 ...

The life of Japan’s ‘god of manga’

Aug 6, 2016

The life of Japan’s ‘god of manga’

Osamu Tezuka, the “god of manga,” was born in 1928 in Osaka Prefecture. Though he showed early promise as a young artist and storyteller, no one could have imagined how successful he would become. Tezuka is a hero in Japan, a pioneer on equal ...

Gary Snyder: Asia's heavy toll on nature

Jun 25, 2016

Gary Snyder: Asia's heavy toll on nature

Enter the mind of American poet and scholar Gary Snyder and watch as time pulls back, perspectives shift and an epoch passes in a single blink. His newest book of prose, “The Great Clod,” is a series of essays on Asia’s ecological history, combining ...

'Singular Rebellion': the award-winning story of a salaryman gone wild

Jun 25, 2016

'Singular Rebellion': the award-winning story of a salaryman gone wild

If you want to get a sense of Japan’s upper-crust sensibilities during the 20th century, pick up the 1972 Tanizaki Prize-winner, “Singular Rebellion,” by Saiichi Maruya. It is decidedly slow-paced, but the careful prose peels back the layers of Japanese social conventions to reveal ...

'Joseph' cuts a cool dash

Jun 21, 2016

'Joseph' cuts a cool dash

Embrace the summer heat with a rousing musical journey across the arid deserts of the Book of Genesis, as Theatre Orb in Tokyo presents a revival of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the first publicly performed musical by those masters of the genre, ...