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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:

Bintley returns with his new-look 'Cinderella'

Apr 28, 2015

Bintley returns with his new-look 'Cinderella'

For dance fans, there’s the promise of some glittering Golden Week holiday reunions as David Bintley, long-time director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, returns here with that company for the first time since his four-year stint doubling up as artistic director of the National ...

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 ...