A Great Valley Under the Stars

Aug 23, 2014

A Great Valley Under the Stars

A vibrant collection of subdued observation, the poems in this small volume, “A Great Valley Under the Stars,” contemplate meaning everywhere — from a truck-stop toilet, over stones in the New Mexican desert and under the great expanse of sky referenced in the title. ...

From the Japanese

Jul 5, 2014

From the Japanese

This fourth volume of poetry from Tokyo resident Paul Rossiter conveys his 40-year relationship with Japan in collected poems both thoughtful and thought-provoking. These range from the impressions of a startled first-time tourist in 1969 through to Rossiter’s visits to Ishinomaki in Tohoku in ...

NNTT reprises hit 'Rokumeikan' opera based on Mishima play

Jun 18, 2014

NNTT reprises hit 'Rokumeikan' opera based on Mishima play

Midway through the second act of the opera “Rokumeikan,” Countess Asako, the wife of Count Kageyama, the conservative government leader, turns to her former lover Einosuke Kiyohara, who heads the progressive opposition party, and emotes in song: “No, we do not talk of politics; ...

One woman's mark on the nation's Constitution

Jun 14, 2014

One woman's mark on the nation's Constitution

In December 2012, 89-year-old Beate Sirota Gordon knew she was dying. The women’s rights advocate and tireless promoter of cross-cultural exchange in the arts was ill at home in the New York borough of Manhattan. Yet, she pulled herself out of bed one morning, ...

David Bintley bows out with a 'Pagoda' set in Japan

Jun 11, 2014

David Bintley bows out with a 'Pagoda' set in Japan

Challenge is intrinsic to artistic creation, but David Bintley relishes it so much that he specializes in conceiving the unlikely. “I like to do things that people think are impossible in dance,” the English choreographer said in a recent interview with The Japan Times ...

Small presses fill a niche in books about Japan

May 24, 2014

Small presses fill a niche in books about Japan

Isobar Press (Tokyo)Speciality: Poetry “There is a crisis of the printed book, but poetry is one of the genres that works best as a physical book,” Isobar Press founder Paul Rossiter says. “A lot of the readers are themselves poets and it can sound ...