Nicolas Gattig

Nicolas Gattig is a teacher and writer from San Francisco. His articles/essays about politics and education have been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SOMA magazine, Street Sheet, and the Japan Times. He is greatly interested in literature and the effects of culture.

For Nicolas Gattig's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Long Belts and Thin Men

Aug 27, 2016

Long Belts and Thin Men

Japan’s postwar years were marked by raw needs and wounds, as well as great societal change. A glimpse of the era is offered in this collection of stories by Nobuo Kojima (1915-2006), most of which appear in English for the first time. Long Belts ...

A contrary tale of two towns in Tohoku

Aug 6, 2016

A contrary tale of two towns in Tohoku

The sea in Tohoku is beautiful and cruel. A vast mass that owns the horizon, it shimmers in the sun, abundant and giving, like a mother that charms and nurtures. However, it is also a primeval force, a deep darkness that may swell up ...

Hakone in hot water: Romance, gimlets and raunchy 'onsen'

Apr 30, 2016

Hakone in hot water: Romance, gimlets and raunchy 'onsen'

“I think they’re having an affair,” murmurs my companion, the ever-observant Megumi. She nods at a middle-aged couple sitting next to us on the “Romance Car,” the limited express train that links Tokyo and the hot-spring resort of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. “How can you ...