Ink artist pushes the boundaries of tattooing

Nov 17, 2012

Ink artist pushes the boundaries of tattooing

The skin as canvas, inks and needles replacing the palette: tattoos by Khan transcend mere decorations. Whether he is depicting eye crinkles in a portrait of the Dalai Lama or the leer of a supernatural ghoul, his rich color and technical realism redefines the ...

Savor Hokkaido's warming winter menu

Nov 9, 2012

Savor Hokkaido's warming winter menu

Autumn in Hokkaido is a comma before the long period of white winter. Autumn’s food season too scurries almost directly from summer to wintry tastes, so here’s a look at how the locals keep warm, starting in November and feasting all the way into ...

Shaken, stirred puzzle that fits

Oct 28, 2012

Shaken, stirred puzzle that fits

SUBDUCTION, by Todd Shimoda, illustrated by L.J.C. Shimoda. Chin Music Press, 2012, 279 pp., $25 (hardcover) How to adequately describe “Subduction,” the new work by husband and wife team Todd and L.J.C. Shimoda? A psychological thriller framed by gorgeous artwork? A beautifully bound collection ...

Jewish Japanese-American keeps multicultural connections in tune

Oct 27, 2012

Jewish Japanese-American keeps multicultural connections in tune

Even in casual conversation, Danny Katz entertains. His voice doesn’t just speak, it croons with comedic pacing, imitations and abrupt shifts in tone. He peppers his speech with accents, New York City slang, Japanese formalities or onomatopoeia. Katz, 35, admits that his voice was ...

Manga artist wields 'fude' brush in samurai epic

Oct 13, 2012

Manga artist wields 'fude' brush in samurai epic

Illustrator and comic book artist Mulele Jarvis came to Tokyo just as he reached adulthood. It was five years after he had first discovered manga near his home in San Francisco, at Kinokuniya Bookstore, next door to Japantown: “That’s where I found Katsuhiro Otomo’s ...

Charming short stories about man's tarnished imperfections

Sep 16, 2012

Charming short stories about man's tarnished imperfections

The Beautiful One Has Come, by Susan Kamata. Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2011, 212 pp., $15.00, (paperback) Long-term Japan resident and writer Suzanne Kamata juxtaposes the charming and the unappealing in an understated elucidation of flawed humanity with her collection of short stories, “The Beautiful One ...

Recipes and more from the farmer's kitchen

Sep 14, 2012

Recipes and more from the farmer's kitchen

When Nancy Singleton Hachisu was growing up in California, vegetables came from a can and organic meant “grungy” produce in scattered, dusty shops, part of a tofu and tie-dyed universe. Now a food-education leader for Slow Food Japan, a supporter of “more than organic,” ...

Nursery rhymes that fly high with sound and color

Aug 19, 2012

Nursery rhymes that fly high with sound and color

JAPANESE NURSERY RHYMES: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain, and other Traditional Favorites, by Danielle Wright and illustrated by Helen Acraman. Tuttle Publishing, 2012, 32 pp., $16.95 (hardcover) With its many onomatopoeic words, the Japanese language booms and trills, echoing with musical lingo. Usually written in ...