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; ...

What the Sky Arranges

May 10, 2014

What the Sky Arranges

What the Sky Arranges, by Andrew Fitzsimons.Isobar Press, Poetry. “What The Sky Arranges,” the newest work from poet and translator Andrew Fitzsimons is both a homage to and a refreshing refiguring of “Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness)” by the eccentric monk Yoshida Kenko (circa 1283 ...

Apr 2, 2014

Aichi's thriving drama grassroots

This year is set to be a good one for English theater in Japan, from Shakespearean comedy to original works, from intimate black-box stagings to a rock’n'roll musical. It’s not Tokyo or even Osaka serving up this feast, though — but Nagoya, which is ...

The Ise Stories

| Mar 22, 2014

The Ise Stories

Before there was “The Tale of Genji,” the “The Ise Stories” (“Ise Monogatari”) presented ancient Japanese audiences with a titillating series of loosely connected episodes of love that are believed to be based on the romantic encounters of the poet and aristocrat Ariwara no ...