And the winner, by a nose, is . . .

Nov 3, 2005

And the winner, by a nose, is . . .

Speaking at the news conference following the closing ceremony of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, lead actor Koichi Sato said that while working on “Yuki ni Negau Koto (What the Snow Brings)” he “never imagined that this film would go on to receive ...

Back into the pit of vipers

May 5, 2004

Back into the pit of vipers

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Rating: * * * * (out of 5) Director: Quentin Tarantino Running time: 136 minutes Language: English Currently showing [See Japan Times movie listings] True originality is a many-splintered thing. Let us recall that Shakespeare was indebted to Marlowe, Picasso ...

Men among monsters in deep Yamagata

Feb 23, 2003

Men among monsters in deep Yamagata

When it comes to ski resorts, Japan has virtually everything you could want. For serious powder, there are the wonderlands of Niseko in Hokkaido or Hachimantai in Iwate. For those looking for Western-style apres-ski, there’s the posh Arai Mountain and Spa. And for the ...

Feb 3, 2002

A small taste of heaven

Echigo Yuzawa Station is a well-trod portal to Niigata’s famed snow country, bustling this time of year with the comings and goings of skiers and boarders. But however fine the powder, there’s an excellent reason to linger: The Ponshu-kan (Sake Museum) located in the ...

Need a powder fix? Go boarding out of bounds

Dec 2, 2001

Need a powder fix? Go boarding out of bounds

Anyone who has skied or boarded on a weekend in Japan knows the story: the well-groomed slopes, blanketed with skiers and boarders making their way up and down as loudspeakers blare pop music and shrill announcements. And then there are the cattle-corral cafeterias, the ...

Nov 7, 2001

Between the real and the surreal

A whiff of the absurd was in the air at the closing ceremony of the 14th Tokyo International Film Festival, held Sunday at Orchard Hall in Shibuya. It wasn’t necessarily the presenters’ hairdos and breathless patter, nor the new formal dress code imposed on ...

| Mar 7, 2001

Great Domain Robbery

I got a whiff of this story last week at Inside.com. It was in a news brief about a journalist who had floated details about a company that would soon offer new top-level domain names. It smelled good because, if the leak proved to ...

| Feb 21, 2001

Who's napping now?

As any music fan knows, the future of Napster, the biggest free lunch of MP3s on the Net, is still very much in legal limbo. Last week a San Francisco appeals court confirmed a decision made this summer: Napster is knowingly infringing the copyrights ...

| Jan 24, 2001

Back in the loop

This is not what you would call a lead per se, but indulge me for a few paragraphs. This will take some explaining. It started somewhere on my commute, about a week ago. I was scrolling through an AvantGo newsfeed on my PDA, reading ...

| Jan 10, 2001

What's it all about, IT?

2001 may well be the year of the IT revolution, but as far as I’m concerned, we’re talking about utilITy. From here on, usefulness is going to be the benchmark for information technologies. The overall state of the economy is partly responsible — take ...