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:

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

Jan 7, 2017

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

Stepping off the bus at the Gakko-iriguchi stop in Higashi-Chichibu Village in Saitama Prefecture, the first things to strike the eye are high-flying clusters of balloons, suspended like colorful dirigibles. Here, the workshops and exhibition spaces of Washi-no-Sato, a well-known papermaking center tucked into ...

'Bull sumo' on the subtropical island  of Tokunoshima

Dec 3, 2016

'Bull sumo' on the subtropical island of Tokunoshima

It was 5 p.m. when my plane touched down onto the small airstrip at Tokunoshima, an island in Kagoshima Prefecture that, in its climate and fauna, bears a strong resemblance to nearby Okinawa. The warm subtropical air asserts itself the moment you leave the ...