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:

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 ...

Wind/Pinball

Jan 23, 2016

Wind/Pinball

“As long as I had something to transmit,” says the narrator of these two short novels from 1979 and 1980, “my existence would be assured.” Over three decades later, his creator Haruki Murakami is transmitting all over the world, a Japanese hero of postmodern ...

The Making of Asian America: A History

Jan 9, 2016

The Making of Asian America: A History

In 1922, a Japanese immigrant to the United States named Takao Ozawa applied for citizenship with the U.S. Supreme Court. Having lived in America for almost 30 years, Ozawa was fluent in English and an active Christian, assuring the court that his skin was ...