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Roger Pulvers

Roger Pulvers is an author, playwright, theater director and translator who divides his time between Tokyo and Sydney. He has published more than 40 books. His latest book in English is “The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn.”

For Roger Pulvers's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mori classic was the epitome of Meiji style

Jun 28, 2014

Mori classic was the epitome of Meiji style

There has been no period in the history of modern Japanese society so dramatic and so remarkably tumultuous and fluid as the Meiji Era (1868-1912), and no single work of fiction more revelatory in its depiction of that period than Ogai Mori’s “The Wild ...

Jun 21, 2014

Rice: Connecting two nations that are natural friends

Haruko Harrison tells her story After Father and Mother went to sleep, I visited George in the shed. He was sitting at the table listening to the radio, a kerosene lamp illuminating his face. I told him that I was of marriageable age and ...

Jun 14, 2014

Rice: 'Get away from us. We are like poison'

Sachiko the nurse reads the diary of Haruko Harrison’s mother Toshimitsu is back from his second trip to Japan since we emigrated. He sold the last of our family treasures in Japan in order to finance expansion of the farm, which we have been ...

Jun 7, 2014

Rice: Sowing the nascent seeds — my upbringing

Haruko Harrison begins her story I cannot imagine why you would want to listen to this, why anyone in the world now would take an interest in my story. What did you say your name was? Sachiko? Is that written with the character for ...

Masako Shirasu: woman of the world

Mar 1, 2014

Masako Shirasu: woman of the world

“If you use beautiful things every day, you will naturally cultivate an eye for beautiful things without giving it a second thought. In the end, you will be repelled when you encounter the ugly and the fake. If only all Japan would come to ...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Nov 9, 2013

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The time line of Richard Flanagan’s new novel, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North,” slips back and forth from prewar Tasmania, Melbourne and Adelaide to postwar Sydney, among other locations. Yet there is only one stark, unrelenting and everlasting present — “the Line,” ...

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

Aug 24, 2013

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

When Kenji Miyazawa was writing his stories and poems nearly a century ago, Japan was a country with a two-pronged mission: To become the first non-white, non-Christian nation to create a modern prosperous state — and to be the leader of an Asian revival. ...

Aug 24, 2013


They’re just a bunch of scaremongers Raising alarm wherever they can And drinking their fill all the while fern fronds and clouds the world is that cold and dark But before they know it These fellows Rot all on their own Are washed away ...

Aug 24, 2013

Strong in the Rain

Strong in the rain Strong in the wind Strong against the summer heat and snow He is healthy and robust Free from desire He never loses his temper Nor the quiet smile on his lips He eats four gō of unpolished rice Miso and ...