Stephen Forster

For Stephen Forster's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Horyuji: Buddhism's cradle in Japan

Jun 5, 2011

Horyuji: Buddhism's cradle in Japan

When UNESCO cast its beady, critical eye on Japan 18 years ago to assess the country’s cultural and natural merits with a view — in the agency’s ponderous prose — to “inscription on the World Heritage List,” it settled on four places that became ...

Irene & Matilde

Mar 28, 2004

Irene & Matilde

“SO IT STRUCK YOU AS ODD.” “Of course. She was nothing like the photo.” “Well, it does happen. You should see the picture in my driving licence.” “Not that different though. I’d studied the photo quite a bit.” I didn’t doubt him there. For ...