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:

Transcending issues  on the summit of Mount Shichimen

Sep 5, 2015

Transcending issues on the summit of Mount Shichimen

There are times in life when you need a monk. That’s when you head out to Yamanashi Prefecture and climb up the sacred Mount Shichimen — to find Keishin-in Temple and get a Buddhist perspective on all things human, including love. My friend Dale ...

Isamu Noguchi's inner life is foggy in 'Listening to Stone'

Aug 8, 2015

Isamu Noguchi's inner life is foggy in 'Listening to Stone'

A female dancer once described celebrity sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi as having “a lost, faraway look that was irresistible.” Rendering the man behind the look is the aim of Hayden Herrera’s new biography, “Listening to Stone: The art and life of Isamu Noguchi.” ...

Sexual obsession stimulated Junichiro Tanizaki's writing

Apr 25, 2015

Sexual obsession stimulated Junichiro Tanizaki's writing

A 55-year-old science lecturer is found naked on a university campus. His student lover has made him strip as a show of devotion — “Get naked to show me your love,” she reportedly demanded — and then scampered off with his clothes. The lecturer ...