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For Mario Castro's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 3, 2009

Bookstore offers a place for political debating

“You have to fight your way in with a knife every time you want to talk,” said Good Day Books manager Stephen Kott. “A bookstore is a natural venue for something like this.” It’s not often that the words “talking” and “bookstore” are spoken ...

Mar 27, 2009

Film exposes struggles of Japan's 'hidden' workers

“They said: ‘If you get injured, you will be fired immediately.’ ‘What kind of law is this?’ I asked. They said: ‘The Company’s law.’ “ The documentary “Sour Strawberries: Japan’s Hidden ‘Guest Workers,’ ” depicts the struggles of non-Japanese in Japan as they strive ...

Mar 20, 2009

Chill out in Nagano's hot water

In Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning fantasy “Spirited Away,” the main character, Chihiro, survives by working at a sento (bathhouse) bathing spirits. The sento is depicted as a wooden structure several floors high and as a lively, hectic place where creatures take care of the guests, ...

Feb 27, 2009

Clowning around at Cirque du Soleil

For a limited time only, join Cirque du Soleil and its international cast for “Corteo,” a magical parade of clowns, acrobats and musicians, imagined by a clown at his funeral. Conceived and directed by veteran writer and choreographer Daniele Finzi Pasca, the show is ...

Clowning around at Cirque du Soleil

Feb 27, 2009

Clowning around at Cirque du Soleil

For a limited time only, join Cirque du Soleil and its international cast for “Corteo,” a magical parade of clowns, acrobats and musicians, imagined by a clown at his funeral. Conceived and directed by veteran writer and choreographer Daniele Finzi Pasca, the show is ...