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 ...

Short films to get screen time in Sapporo

Sep 12, 2013

Short films to get screen time in Sapporo

The eighth annual Sapporo Short Fest received 3,746 submissions from 94 countries. Organizers have whittled that number down to 99 films that will screen during the competition. Featured directors for the Filmmaker’s program hail from Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Greece, South Korea and Japan. ...

Collection of American Zen koans for quiet contemplation

Aug 24, 2013

Collection of American Zen koans for quiet contemplation

American Zen Koan No. 96: A student once asked Zen teacher Steve Allen, “If you were given a wish-fulfilling jewel, what would you wish for?” ONE BIRD, ONE STONE: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories, by Sean Murphy. Hampton Roads Publishing, 2013, 288 pp., $17.95 (paperback) ...

Film helps heal A-bombing, and family, wounds

Aug 9, 2013

Film helps heal A-bombing, and family, wounds

In a poignant scene in the award-winning 2010 documentary “Atomic Mom,” filmmaker M.T. Silvia tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima atomic bombing victim, as she presents 1,000 paper cranes to Silvia’s mother, Pauline, a former U.S. Navy biologist involved in radiation testing ...