Tetsuro Koyama

For Tetsuro Koyama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Cultural institute chief hopes to introduce Italy to Japan

Apr 10, 2013

Cultural institute chief hopes to introduce Italy to Japan

Giorgio Amitrano, 55, the new director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, is an eminent Italian scholar of Japanese literature who has translated a number of popular Japanese works, including Banana Yoshimoto’s “Kitchen.” ” ‘Kitchen’ became a best-selling book in Italy, selling around ...

Apr 16, 2008

Storyteller Murakami plumbs depths of the soul

Internationally popular novelist Haruki Murakami is working on an extremely lengthy novel. But he appears to cherish every moment. “Every day, I am sitting at my desk for five to six hours. I have been writing the novel for about one year and two ...

Kyushu Showa Town banks on nostalgia

Jan 9, 2008

Kyushu Showa Town banks on nostalgia

This city of 25,000 people in the western part of the Kunisaki Peninsula has undergone an unusual revival thanks to a special attraction that brings in more than 10 times its population in tourists a year. Bungotakada’s magnet is Showa Town, where about 100 ...

Light rail finds home in Toyama

Nov 2, 2007

Light rail finds home in Toyama

The mayor of Toyama sparked some major urban development in his rapidly graying city when he launched last year what is considered Japan’s first full-scale light rail transit system. “The new transportation system is destined to run in the red at first. But it ...

Nihonbashi Bridge seeking sun

Jan 12, 2007

Nihonbashi Bridge seeking sun

Yasubei Hosoda has a dream of cruising once again down the Nihonbashi River toward Tokyo Disneyland, as he did every spring long ago to collect shellfish. Hosoda, a 70-year-old adviser to confectioner Eitaro Sohompo, said that if the elevated Metropolitan Expressway over the Nihonbashi ...