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Kris Kosaka

Kris Kosaka, a resident of Japan since 1996, contributes regularly to The Japan Times. She is a lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University in the Faculty of International Studies.

For Kris Kosaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Japaneseness: A Guide to 76 Values and Virtues'

/ May 28, 2016

'Japaneseness: A Guide to 76 Values and Virtues'

Love it or hate it, Yoji Yamakuse’s explanation of the concepts fundamental to Japanese behavior, “Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues,” deserves a read. Japaneseness, by Yoji Yamakuse160 pagesStone Bridge Press, Nonfiction. According to the introduction by Stone Bridge Press, the book was ...

The Royal Ballet brings two classic romances set to sparkle afresh

May 24, 2016

The Royal Ballet brings two classic romances set to sparkle afresh

In the competitive melee of world-class dance, the Royal Ballet keeps on its toes. Since 2011, when Christopher Wheeldon’s groundbreaking “Alice in Wonderland” became its first new, full-length work in 16 years, the company based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, ...

'Barbed Wire Baseball' brings the story of Kenichi Zenimura to life

/ Apr 30, 2016

'Barbed Wire Baseball' brings the story of Kenichi Zenimura to life

“Barbed Wire Baseball” is an informative and imaginative retelling of the true story of Kenichi “Zeni” Zenimura (1900-68), the father of Japanese-American baseball. Barbed Wire Baseball, by Marissa Moss, Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu.48 pagesHARRY N. ABRAMS, Nonfiction. Author Marissa Moss relates how he was ...

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 ...

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 ...