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 ...

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. ...