The Pillow Book

| Feb 22, 2014

The Pillow Book

Written by Japan’s original blogger, a mistress of wry observation and scalding wit, Sei Shonagon’s “The Pillow Book” retains its fresh, authentic appeal more than 1,000 years after its inception. Shonagon was a contemporary and presumed rival of Lady Murasaki, author of the “The ...

Flux

Feb 22, 2014

Flux

Flux, the new collection of poems by Japan-based poet Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, reveals a myriad of fluctuations and transitions in style and theme. From the poet’s diverse choice of form to her penetrating eye on the collection’s wide range of subject matter, the poems here ...

Tokyo Ballet turns 50 in romantic style

Feb 5, 2014

Tokyo Ballet turns 50 in romantic style

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Tokyo Ballet, and the company plans to celebrate every step of the way. To launch a full year’s commemoration of its ethos — creative exchanges in dance on a national and global stage — the company’s ...

The Tale of Genji

| Jan 25, 2014

The Tale of Genji

Recognized as the world’s first novel, Murasaki Shikibu’s “The Tale of Genji” is a spiraling epic that encompasses a beautifully complex portrayal of 11th-century Japanese Imperial Court life. The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, Translated by Royall Tyler, PENGUIN CLASSICS DELUXE Penned by a ...

Hit Hokkaido's slopes for tasty seasonal fare

Jan 16, 2014

Hit Hokkaido's slopes for tasty seasonal fare

Kutchan, near Niseko, is probably the only town in Japan where convenience stores stock pinto beans and Vegemite. In fact, Hokkaido’s ski paradise, internationally known for its powder snow, is steadily forging a new reputation, one bite at a time. Ten years ago, food ...

Kumakawa blends ballet and business — with panache

Dec 25, 2013

Kumakawa blends ballet and business — with panache

Being good at business may be “the most fascinating art,” as Andy Warhol said — and few likely know that better than Tetsuya Kumakawa, dancer extraordinaire turned extraordinary businessman. Once the darling prodigy of The Royal Ballet as the first Asian dancer and youngest ...

'Second Steps' marks a great leap forward for dancers

Dec 4, 2013

'Second Steps' marks a great leap forward for dancers

From The Royal Ballet’s innovative 2011 “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at Covent Garden to Paris Opera Ballet’s devotion to contemporary choreographers such as Mats Ek, Wayne McGregor and Pina Bausch, national dance companies across the globe are taking steps to ensure ballet transforms into ...