Hit play reveals a wife and mistress baring all

Oct 8, 2014

Hit play reveals a wife and mistress baring all

English playwright David Hare’s acclaimed 2002 West End hit “The Breath of Life” this week launches a new series titled “Drama for Two: the power of dialogue” at the New National Theatre Tokyo. Featuring the talents of Mayumi Wakamura and Seika Kuze, the Japanese ...

Read up on books about books about Japan

Sep 27, 2014

Read up on books about books about Japan

Revving up the metabolism of culture with the pulse of new artistic voices, a good literary journal doesn’t usually have much to do with profit — it’s all about circulation. Japanese literary journals enjoy a healthy transmission here, thanks to the financial backing of ...

Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kids

| Sep 20, 2014

Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kids

Fiercely lyrical and tenderly dark, Kenzaburo Oe’s “Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kids” marked the literary ascent of a Japanese writer whose star continues to shine internationally and at home. Written when he was just 23 years old, the 1958 novel can be read ...

Tokyo Ballet's 'Don Quixote' revels in its Russian roots

Sep 17, 2014

Tokyo Ballet's 'Don Quixote' revels in its Russian roots

From its inception, the ballet “Don Quixote” has been a global collaboration. Based on an episode from the fancifully sprawling 17th-century Spanish novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes, it was originally choreographed by the Frenchman Marius Petipa, scored by Austrian ...

Bourne's 'Swan Lake' puts a dance revolution on stage

Sep 3, 2014

Bourne's 'Swan Lake' puts a dance revolution on stage

To the delight of the nation’s ballet fans, “Swan Lake” will shortly be gracing the Tokyo summer for two weeks — not in its traditional classical form, but in the new-classic guise of “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake,” a revolutionary twist on ballet’s most tried-and-true ...

Tokyo Ballet turns 50 with a glorious Gala of thanks

Aug 27, 2014

Tokyo Ballet turns 50 with a glorious Gala of thanks

Ahead of The Tokyo Ballet’s official 50th anniversary on Aug. 30, its website is already garlanded with tributes from international dancers and choreographers such as Sweden’s Mats Ek and Britain’s Akram Khan — and even from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. For dance fans, however, ...

A Great Valley Under the Stars

Aug 23, 2014

A Great Valley Under the Stars

A vibrant collection of subdued observation, the poems in this small volume, “A Great Valley Under the Stars,” contemplate meaning everywhere — from a truck-stop toilet, over stones in the New Mexican desert and under the great expanse of sky referenced in the title. ...