Dance icon sets a challenge

Mar 22, 2016

Dance icon sets a challenge

Running with the bulls during the annual San Fermin fiesta in the Spanish city of Pamplona, or joining a traditional Ainu festival on Lake Akan in Hokkaido, may seem unusual ways for a choreographer to research — but not if the artist in question ...

'High-Stakes Schooling' paints a troubling picture of Japan's education system

Mar 12, 2016

'High-Stakes Schooling' paints a troubling picture of Japan's education system

In “High-Stakes Schooling,” an important book for anyone interested in Japanese education within a global context, U.S. professor of education Christopher Bjork offers a comprehensive and comparative look into Japan’s recent educational reforms. Bjork analyzes the impact of the controversial and deliberate easing from ...

Tokyo's literature festival resurfaces

Feb 27, 2016

Tokyo's literature festival resurfaces

The Tokyo International Literary Festival got off to a good start. Both the inaugural 2013 event and the 2014 edition were successful, an auspicious beginning to forging cultural and artistic connections between Eastern and Western writers on a global stage. But since the festival’s ...

Once Upon a Time in Japan

Feb 6, 2016

Once Upon a Time in Japan

“Once Upon a Time in Japan” is an ideal introduction to Japanese folktales. Published by Tuttle with NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the stories in this children’s storybook were chosen from a popular series produced by Radio Japan, NHK World’s radio service broadcast globally in ...

Barefoot Gen

| Jan 23, 2016

Barefoot Gen

With the recent announcement by North Korean authorities that they had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, Keiji Nakazawa’s classic anti-nuclear manga, “Barefoot Gen,” once again deserves a full reading — both for newcomers or for those revisiting its brilliance. Barefoot Gen, by Keiji Nakazawa.10 ...

Guillem bids adieu to her life of dance

Nov 24, 2015

Guillem bids adieu to her life of dance

Superstar dancer Sylvie Guillem has come full circle. As the ballerina extraordinaire explained before the upcoming grand finale of her 35-year career, “The first time I took a plane to dance in front of an audience outside France was when I was in the ...