Interpreting the values instilled in Japanese children with 'Teaching Embodied'

Nov 21, 2015

Interpreting the values instilled in Japanese children with 'Teaching Embodied'

Even for those without children, “Teaching Embodied” offers cultural insights that explain many fascinating details of Japan’s group society. From amae (dependence) to omoiyari (empathy) and even passivity — how the Japanese prefer mimamoru (watching and guarding) to interfering or intervening. Teaching Embodied, by ...

'The Good Shufu' explores life as foreign housewife in Japan

Oct 3, 2015

'The Good Shufu' explores life as foreign housewife in Japan

“The Good Shufu” is the true story of a “left-leaning, 36-year-old confirmed Bostonian” who falls in love with her Japanese MBA student, Toru, after a three-week courtship in Kobe. With self-deprecating humor and a sharp recognition of the prejudices and stereotypes operating at both ...

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

Sep 26, 2015

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

Kansuke Naka’s childhood memoir, “The Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan,” is a charming depiction of life in Meiji Era (1868-1912) Japan. Its enduring status as one of Japan’s most-loved accounts of life in Tokyo at the beginning of the 20th century ...

The Royal Opera returns with a double bill to thrill

Aug 25, 2015

The Royal Opera returns with a double bill to thrill

Lovers of classical music can diffuse summer’s heat with some ghostly relief, as The Royal Opera makes its first visit to Japan since 2010 — this time with the spectral pairing of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” The two productions ...