Victoria James

For Victoria James's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Silence Once Begun

Jan 25, 2014

Silence Once Begun

If you’ve ever thought book reviewing was a questionable business — so opinionated! so subjective! — this may be the review to prove you right.

Tales of wonder from Tohoku's deep past

Nov 16, 2013

Tales of wonder from Tohoku's deep past

The first time most people outside Japan heard about the country’s northern Tohoku region was when it was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, leaving more than 15,000 dead and a million buildings damaged or destroyed. But to those ...

<em>Shunga</em> secrets bared between the covers

Nov 2, 2013

Shunga secrets bared between the covers

It looks like a classic coffee-table book, a hefty hardback of more than 500 pages and almost as many color illustrations — but be careful who you ask round for coffee if you’re displaying the latest volume from the British Museum. That’s because it’s ...

Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love

Oct 7, 2013

Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love

The British Museum’s press officer, Claire Coveney, comes hurrying up to take me to the galleries of the museum’s latest hot-ticket show, “Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese Art,” and I’m not surprised she looks run off her feet. Pre-opening interest in this new ...

Scroll displays the human side of Perry's arrival

Apr 18, 2013

Scroll displays the human side of Perry's arrival

“It’s come pretty much out of nowhere,” says British Museum curator Tim Clark, placing a small wooden box on the table — it’s about the dimensions of a shoebox, slightly weathered and lightly inscribed with fluid kanji characters. “It was in Japan until last ...

How not to climb Mount Fuji

Aug 5, 2012

How not to climb Mount Fuji

If you’re considering trekking Mount Fuji this year, look sharp — just four weeks remain of the official open season. But if you’re making last-minute plans for an ascent of those conical 3,776 meters, think carefully about what you’re taking on. Unless, that is, ...

Jul 1, 2012

Lesley Downer: Love, war and geisha

Lesley Downer’s seven books range widely in genre and subject. Here she reflects on their inspiration and her experiences writing them. “On the Narrow Road to the Deep North: Journey into a Lost Japan” (1989): Downer’s first book, a travelogue, recounts a journey she ...

Katmandu beckons all who visit Nepal

Jun 24, 2012

Katmandu beckons all who visit Nepal

Everest may be its most famous site, and Lumbini one of its holiest, but Nepal has plenty more to offer. Annapurna is the country’s other great trekking location, while Chitwan National Park is home to some of the region’s rarest wildlife, offering the chance ...