Sachiko Tamashige

For Sachiko Tamashige's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kyoto's top treasures, all under one roof

Oct 16, 2014

Kyoto's top treasures, all under one roof

Kyoto is at its most brilliant and beautiful in autumn, with its World Heritage scenery colored in red and golden leaves. This year, it’s also a time when visitors have the rare opportunity to learn about the essence of Kyoto culture at the Kyoto ...

Nothing is ordinary for Leandro Erlich

Jul 3, 2014

Nothing is ordinary for Leandro Erlich

"Swimming pools, staircases and elevators are ordinary places that we never question, as we think that we know about them already. But is that true? Do we really know them?" — Leandro Erlich.

Tradition is woven into modern Japanese fashion

Apr 30, 2014

Tradition is woven into modern Japanese fashion

Boosted by Japan’s remarkable economic growth and the modernization of the country’s lifestyle in the latter half of the 20th century, contemporary Japanese fashion has soared to the heights of the global fashion scene while, at the same time, the textile industry related to ...

Seeing where Shinto and Buddhism cross

May 16, 2013

Seeing where Shinto and Buddhism cross

“The number of Shinto shrines in Japan has changed over centuries due to various political and social changes. There were about 190,000 shrines during the early Meiji Era (1867-1912), before a drastic change came about in the merging of shrines and temples. The number ...

Kitaro taps into Native American culture

Jan 3, 2013

Kitaro taps into Native American culture

“Kitaro and I were destined to meet each other,” Dennis Banks tells The Japan Times. “Our beliefs are similar: Mother Earth, who we are … we are all the children of this Earth.” Banks, 75, is a Native American activist and leader of the ...

Izumo: The myths and gods of Japan's history

Aug 16, 2012

Izumo: The myths and gods of Japan's history

“Shinkoku is the sacred name of Japan — Shinkoku, ‘The Country of the Gods’; and of all Shinkoku the most holy ground is the land of Izumo,” wrote Lafcadio Hearn more than 100 years ago in his book “Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan.” For Hearn, ...

Feb 16, 2012

In the garden of Shigemori's mind

The Zen gardens of Kyoto have attracted countless admirers and served as inspiration to many artists, designers and other creative people. Steve Jobs, for whom Zen Buddhism was an inspiration, praised Kyoto’s gardens, and the minimalism of Zen aesthetics became a strong inspiration behind ...

In the garden of Shigemori's mind

Feb 16, 2012

In the garden of Shigemori's mind

The Zen gardens of Kyoto have attracted countless admirers and served as inspiration to many artists, designers and other creative people. Steve Jobs, for whom Zen Buddhism was an inspiration, praised Kyoto’s gardens, and the minimalism of Zen aesthetics became a strong inspiration behind ...

Japanese brothers who championed Korean ceramics

Aug 25, 2011

Japanese brothers who championed Korean ceramics

In ancient times, Japanese arts and crafts were greatly influenced by the introduction of techniques and aesthetics from Korea and China. In particular, Japan owes the development of its ceramics to the skilled craftsmen brought over from Korea at the end of 16th century, ...

Japan's interpretation of all creatures great and small

Aug 4, 2011

Japan's interpretation of all creatures great and small

We still don’t know the true meaning or purpose behind the earliest examples of artworks depicting animals. The beasts in prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux, southwestern France, for example, have been speculated to be shamanistic symbols, simple artistic expressions and even a star chart. ...