Matthew Holmes

For Matthew Holmes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Moving and shaking on Sakurajima

Apr 8, 2012

Moving and shaking on Sakurajima

It looked like the kind of comfortably oily rag that makes a mechanic’s job easier — the sort you find scrunched up in the corner of a garage soaked with tales of its long career, how it protected all manner of tools from rust, ...

The 'G' is silent, but the night won't be

Jan 12, 2012

The "G" is silent, but the night won't be

Let’s get one thing out of the way: The first “G” in Gbenga Adelekan’s name is silent. Great. The Nigerian-born musician is getting ready to show Japanese fans two sides of his musical persona when he storms Tokyo next week. First, as bassist/vocalist of ...

Time to change the way we live

Dec 27, 2011

Time to change the way we live

Reeling off our names and nationalities between East Halls 1 and 2 of convention center Tokyo Big Sight, our group introduces itself: “I’m from Thailand,” “Vietnam, hi,” “We’re Taiwanese”, “Singapore”, “Korea”. Our leader, Joe Simonsen, is about to whisk us around Eco-Products 2011, a ...

Aquarium, park offer festivies

Dec 23, 2011

Aquarium, park offer festivies

Scuba-diving Santas, parading penguins, luminous balloons and a maze made of lights — the people of Osaka celebrate the festive season with more than the occasional Christmas tree. Father Christmas himself drops preparations for his big day with occasional dips in Osaka Aquarium’s Pacific ...

Dec 9, 2011

Karate, judo tournaments open to public

Ask people what images come to mind when they think of Japanese sports, and they may say martial arts such as karate or judo. Ask them if they’ve ever been to a championship, and many will say they haven’t. There are two great chances ...

Active Child, How To Dress Well find their voices

Dec 8, 2011

Active Child, How To Dress Well find their voices

“It will leave you feeling inspired and loved.” Pat Grossi of Active Child promises much from next week’s show with How To Dress Well. And he says of the two artists, from Los Angeles and New York, respectively: “I think there will be a ...

Dec 2, 2011

Chichibu festival among top three for floats

Japan loves top threes. Since the Edo Period (1603-1867), when it’s said Confucian scholar Hayashi Shunsai traveled and wrote his great work “Nihon Sankei” (“Three Views of Japan”), magazines, tourist associations and local governments have captured the public imagination with their own interpretations of ...