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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:

Inspiring story of 'the only woman in the room'

Jun 6, 2015

Inspiring story of 'the only woman in the room'

“My father came to Tokyo from Karuizawa to meet me,” wrote Beate Sirota Gordon in a message to me, which she sent several years before her death in 2012 at age 89. “He looked gaunt and undernourished. … My mother did not come because ...

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

Apr 11, 2015

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

The society of Takuboku Ishikawa’s era was in dramatic political flux, and its complex issues became his personal obsessions. After his death, Takuboku’s preoccupations came to be seen as a symbol of the social and emotional upheavals of his times. The key word in ...

Lafcadio Hearn: 'Japanese Thru and Tru'

Sep 20, 2014

Lafcadio Hearn: 'Japanese Thru and Tru'

A small cage was opened at Lafcadio Hearn’s funeral, setting birds into the air, the soul of the deceased presumably taking flight with them. His coffin was draped in chrysanthemums and fragrant olive, adorned by a laurel wreath. Seven Buddhist priests read the sutras ...

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,” ...