Ryoko M. Nakamura

For Ryoko M. Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bando Tamasaburo revives tradition of men playing women in China

Mar 13, 2009

Bando Tamasaburo revives tradition of men playing women in China

“The Japanese Mei Lanfang” is what they call Bando Tamasaburo V in the Chinese media, perhaps the highest compliment the actor could wish for. The most accomplished nandan of the 20th century — the Chinese equivalent of a Japanese onnagata, a male who plays ...

Vision of a 'superflat' future

Apr 13, 2005

Vision of a 'superflat' future

NEW YORK — Murakami-mania hit New York last week as the “Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture” exhibition at the Japan Society opened to much media fanfare. But the scope of this ambitious project and the “Murakami influence,” as the New York ...

The straight shooter

| Jul 6, 2003

The straight shooter

Nobuyoshi Araki was born in Tokyo in 1940 and was given his first camera by his father in junior high. He studied photography and film at Chiba University and went into commercial photography soon after graduating. Four decades and over 250 photo publications later, ...

Hideki Togi out to gagaku your world

Dec 29, 2002

Hideki Togi out to gagaku your world

He is the man responsible for bringing gagaku back into the Japanese lexicon. He is to gagaku (classical Japanese court music) what Ayumi Hamasaki is to J-Pop. Since Hideki Togi left the Imperial Household Agency in 1996, armed with his hichiriki, black leather pants ...

Oct 6, 2002

Yukio Ninagawa: visionary player on the world's stage

Internationally acclaimed theater director Yukio Ninagawa has staged countless plays in Japan, elsewhere in Asia, and in the United States and Europe. Born in Saitama Prefecture on Oct. 15, 1935, he began his 47-year stage career as an actor with the Seihai Theater Co. ...