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:

From My Grandmother's Bedside: Sketches of Postwar Tokyo

Aug 20, 2016

From My Grandmother's Bedside: Sketches of Postwar Tokyo

Academic Norma Field spent the summer of 1995 in Tokyo, observing the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. This is the book that came out of that experience, a compilation of observations, snatched dialogues, musings, anecdotes, fragments and ruminations. The author ...

Reading Zen in the Rocks

| Aug 6, 2016

Reading Zen in the Rocks

The powerful ambiguities of dry landscape arrangements, the inevitable questions they raise in relation to what constitutes a garden, the profundity of concepts and principals, many of them deriving from Taoism and Zen, never fail to baffle the uninitiated. Francoise Berthier, a professor of ...

The herb diet of Okinawa's long-living elders

Jul 8, 2016

The herb diet of Okinawa's long-living elders

Young and middle-aged Okinawans are among the most enthusiastic consumers of junk and processed food in Japan. American fast food and a sugar-rich diet have burdened islanders — who once lived staggeringly long lives — with the highest body-mass index rates in the country. ...

Route 58: a drive through Okinawa's peculiar past

Jun 25, 2016

Route 58: a drive through Okinawa's peculiar past

The telegraph poles that once lined Okinawa’s Route 58 have long gone, but the great coastal avenue still reminds me a little of the Dire Straits song “Telegraph Road.” Like the lyrics of Mark Knopfler’s extended anthem, Route 58 is a journey through time, ...

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

May 21, 2016

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

How Karun Thakar, a passionate collector of textiles, acquired his assortment of kimono is a story in itself. Exposed to fabric techniques in his mother’s couture shop in Delhi, Thakar’s growing curiosity repeatedly took him to Istanbul and Peshawar as he amassed of a ...