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For Sara Harris's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Apr 21, 2002

Getting on the right track

JAPAN BY RAIL, by Ramsey Zarifeh. Trailblazer Publications, 2002, 416 pp., $18.95/2 yen,900(paper) “Perfect timing,” I thought when I picked up this guide book, barely two weeks before a trip I was planning out of Tokyo. I flipped to the index to look for ...

| Mar 10, 2002

A picture-perfect millennium tribute

THE TALE OF GENJI: Scenes From the World’s First Novel, by Murasaki Shikibu. Illustrated by Masayuki Miyata, translated by H. Mack Horton. Kodansha International, 2001, 240 pp., 3500 yen (paper) “The Tale of Genji,” renowned as the world’s first great novel, is now nearly ...

| Jan 27, 2002

In search of a new life and identity Down Under

FAREWELL TO NIPPON: Japanese Lifestyle Migrants in Australia, by Machiko Sato. Japanese Society Series, Trans Pacific Press, 2001, 161 pp., $29 (paper) At the turn of the millennium, the number of Japanese permanent residents in Australia surpassed 30,000, the highest figure since emigration Down ...

| Jan 6, 2002

A fresh look at a familiar subject

A SNAKE IN THE SHRINE: Journeys With Nobby Through Middle Japan, by David Geraghty. University of Otago Press, 2001, 222 pp., $29.95 (paper) Perhaps there’s something about coming to Japan that brings out the writer in a person — the peculiarities of the culture, ...

| Dec 16, 2001

Bringing young and old together

GENERATIONS IN TOUCH: Linking the Old and Young in a Tokyo Neighborhood, by Leng Leng Thang. Cornell University Press, 2001, 209 pp., paper ($39.95) As Japan’s traditional three-generation households go nuclear and fewer young couples have children, the care of the nation’s elderly has ...

Jun 10, 2001

Japan, America and women's place

THE ROAD WINDS UPHILL ALL THE WAY: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan, by Myra H. Strober and Agnes Miling Kaneko Chan. The MIT Press, 2001, $21.95. The image of Japanese women walking several steps behind their “master” husbands is ...

Apr 22, 2001

Anmitsu dishes up some hot licks

In junior high school, going to shamisen lessons was something Yuka Annaka and Kumi Kindaichi hid, even from their friends. “There was this image that it was something our grandparents did,” says Kindaichi. “Other kids reacted like it was strange. I didn’t talk to ...

Dec 5, 2000

Blues for the new millennium

The new CD puts a contemporary spin on classic blues-rock. “It’s a ticket to the show.” That’s how Canadian band leader Robin Suchy describes the newly released CD he produced with his 10-man blues band, the Howling Loochie Brothers. The Brothers are veterans on ...

Oct 4, 2000

Step back in time to Sado Island

There is something about ferries that puts you in a frame of mind to think back in time. Visitors to Sado Island can ride in taraibune (barrel-boats) in Ogi. The ride from mainland Niigata Prefecture to Sado Island stretches two hours or more, during ...

Sep 26, 2000

Aussie singer-songwriter finds an authentic musical voice

“I must admit the music I do is a bit daggy,” says Tokyo-based singer-songwriter Donna Burke with a laugh, rejecting any slick, “groovy” image in favor of the old-fashioned, down-to-earth comfort the colloquial Australian term implies. Donna Burke It’s become a trademark of sorts, ...