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For Tim Hornyak's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Just say Yes to a new generation of prog rockers

Dec 4, 2016

Just say Yes to a new generation of prog rockers

Few rock bands from the 1960s are still going strong today, and fewer still have been as musically adventurous as prog rockers Yes. Formed in London in 1968, the outfit has survived numerous lineup changes, but the death last year of bassist Chris Squire ...

Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

Dec 5, 2015

Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

Tokyo, September 1964: A squad of plainclothes police descend on the tony Ginza shopping district and round up hundreds of Japanese youths who had outraged local businesses. Their crime? Loitering in what was then outre style — button-down shirts, skinny ties, suit jackets and ...

Hanzai Japan

Dec 5, 2015

Hanzai Japan

Hackneyed writing and plot devices grow like kabi (mold) in crime fiction, but this anthology of 16 stories by writers in and outside Japan serves up tasty surprises. “Jigoku” by Naomi Hirahara is a heartfelt, surefooted tale by a serial killer confined to a ...

Listening to the wind on Battleship Island

Oct 3, 2015

Listening to the wind on Battleship Island

As if from a dream, the island floated over the sea like a terra-cotta dreadnought from a century ago. I’d arrived at Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, and its profile was unmistakable from the deck of my ferry battling high waves and winds. Formally known ...

The gourmet date: Was it love at first bite?

Feb 13, 2015

The gourmet date: Was it love at first bite?

Want to impress on a first date? Try the following: dress to the nines, bring a gift — and get a table at the world’s best restaurant halfway around the world. That’s just what San Francisco’s Stephanie Robesky did last month when she pulled ...

Malice

Nov 1, 2014

Malice

“The incident took place on April 16, 1996, a Tuesday.” This meditative, clever novel from the author of 2011’s “The Devotion of Suspect X” begins with a journal entry by Osamu Nonoguchi, a children’s author who happens upon the body of his friend and ...