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 ...

Ozeki's work reflects her complex identity

Nov 23, 2013

Ozeki's work reflects her complex identity

Ruth Ozeki’s recent novel, the 2013 Man Booker-shortlisted “A Tale For the Time Being,” is best described as a hybrid: a fictional masterpiece with footnotes and appendices like a research paper; a colorful scrawl of inventive creativity marked by scientific asides ranging from ocean ...

'Total abandon' for two landmark duos

Oct 30, 2013

'Total abandon' for two landmark duos

Ballet audiences in Japan are widely acknowledged to be among the best in the world, but there’s still a lot to be learned here about contemporary dance. However, those seeing a show in a short tour of works by French choreographers Mathilde Monnier and ...

On the beat with a cultural detective

Oct 19, 2013

On the beat with a cultural detective

The recent success of Barry Lancet, first time author and resident of Japan for over 25 years, reads like a bar-stool fantasy for any wanna-be writer, and Lancet’s definitely enjoying the dream-like reality. With the TV rights optioned by Hollywood, positive reviews surging in ...

Strays become woman's calling

Oct 11, 2013

Strays become woman's calling

It’s a typical evening in the Mercer-Tojo household. Susan Mercer, 37, has just settled down their 2-year-old for the night, tucking him in as he cuddles with five or six cats. Several dogs prowl restlessly, eager for a pat or a kind word. Scooping ...

Poetry event to tap into global discussion

Sep 26, 2013

Poetry event to tap into global discussion

Think global; act local. Kyoto residents have a chance this weekend to act on this aphorism, joining a global cultural event without even leaving Japan. The Japan International Poetry Society (JIPS), a group of bilingual poets founded in 2009, will host a poetry reading ...