Trocks set to blend ballet and fun

Jun 23, 2015

Trocks set to blend ballet and fun

It’s Trocks time again, as that madcap melange of comedy and classical ballet trucks into Tokyo this weekend at the start of a monthlong nationwide tour — the troupe’s 28th to Japan over more than 30 years. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, to ...

Bintley returns with his new-look 'Cinderella'

Apr 28, 2015

Bintley returns with his new-look 'Cinderella'

For dance fans, there’s the promise of some glittering Golden Week holiday reunions as David Bintley, long-time director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, returns here with that company for the first time since his four-year stint doubling up as artistic director of the National ...

Memoirs of Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Manchuria's 'Fragrant Orchid'

Apr 25, 2015

Memoirs of Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Manchuria's 'Fragrant Orchid'

Often the conflicts between countries are best expressed through the personal story of a single citizen, and this is true with “Fragrant Orchid,” the autobiography of famed actress and singer Li Xianglan. Born Yoshiko Yamaguchi — her birth name as an ethnic Japanese — ...

Excavating Japan's buried baseball history with Masanori Murakami

Apr 18, 2015

Excavating Japan's buried baseball history with Masanori Murakami

Sometimes historical analysis can’t compete with a good personal story, as Robert K. Fitts — a baseball expert and former archaeologist — proves with his newest book, “Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer.” Mashi Robert K. Fitts, ...

Black Jack

| Mar 21, 2015

Black Jack

Although he is best known internationally for creating “Astro Boy,” Osamu Tezuka’s most popular work for adults in Japan is “Black Jack,” a series of short stand-alone stories from the 1970s, documenting the renegade antics of the unconventional title doctor whose mercenary facade masks ...