Stephen Mansfield

Photojournalist and author Stephen Mansfield’s work has appeared in over 70 publications worldwide, on subjects ranging from conflict in the Middle East to cultural analysis, interviews and book reviews. A longtime Japan Times contributor, his latest book is “Japan’s Master Gardens: Lessons in Space & Environment.”

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

Mount Nokogiri: a breathtaking climb to enlightenment

Feb 6, 2016

Mount Nokogiri: a breathtaking climb to enlightenment

It’s a moot point for those who live there that the name “Chiba” is, in many minds, synonymous with images of hot-rod gangs, peanut farms, car dealerships, pachinko emporiums, empty lots with chain-link fences and giant electric pylons marching across rice fields — a ...

Dotonbori: Where Osakans eat, drink and be merry

Jan 16, 2016

Dotonbori: Where Osakans eat, drink and be merry

Comparing Osaka with almost any other Japanese city is akin to likening a bloodied steak to boiled chicken. Its people, a sassy, friendly breed, with a legendary, often ribald sense of humor, carry a swagger you don’t see elsewhere. Unlike Tokyo, where the stranger ...

The ink stained road: 'age of adventure'

Jan 16, 2016

The ink stained road: 'age of adventure'

If foreign visitors to Japan in the Edo Period (1603-1868) ran certain risks by committing their impressions of the country to paper in a totalitarian state that worked hard to maintain its obscurity, the new Meiji Era (1868-1912) positively encouraged attention. July 4, 1879, ...

Bask in the warmth of Iheya Island

Dec 19, 2015

Bask in the warmth of Iheya Island

I thought I recognized the owner of the Iheya Kanko Hotel, her face fleetingly recalled as it passed over the screen at a Shinjuku showing of the 2012 film “Karakara.” Written and directed by Canadian, Claude Gagnon, and starring the seasoned actor Gabriel Arcand, ...

The Ink Stained Road: 'age of innocence'

Dec 19, 2015

The Ink Stained Road: 'age of innocence'

The idea of the journey is as old as the literate world. If we read the Old Testament as an edifying travelogue through the Levantine, the great Indian epics as picaresque fables, tales of wanderlust, the descriptive passages contained in these texts are not ...