Michael Mcdonagh

For Michael Mcdonagh's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Young adventurers laid to rest far away

Dec 9, 2001

Young adventurers laid to rest far away

Four graves in a Victorian cemetery near London mark the final resting place of some of the earliest travelers from Japan to the West. Though they traveled separately, years apart, they shared the same aspirations and were fated to meet similarly sad ends. The ...

Jul 3, 2001

Sitting for 750 years in Fukui's mountains

Eiheiji, the “Temple of Eternal Peace,” is one of the largest and most visited temples in Japan. Located 19 km northeast of Fukui, the elaborate complex of more than 70 buildings nestles on a hilltop amid a forest of towering cedar trees, many more ...

Jun 10, 2001

Joseph Conder: Enduring legacies of a 'high-collar' expat

Japanese domestic architecture has changed a lot in the last 100 years, but Western-style architecture was slow taking off and in fact the modern Japanese architectural establishment owes its organization, training system and much of its sense of style to one man: Josiah Conder. ...

May 5, 2001

Stones from the foundation

Japan takes enormous pride in its culture but has a poor record on its preservation. This is particularly true of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), perhaps the most dynamic period in the country’s history, when Japan emerged from more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation ...