William Bradbury

For William Bradbury's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

No Longer Human

| Oct 25, 2014

No Longer Human

Osamu Dazai’s “No Longer Human” comprises a series of three fictionalized notebooks, with each increasingly darker than the last. The character writing these books, Yozo, is detached from the beginning and is afraid of human interactions, but he learns how to socialize with people ...

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

Jul 5, 2014

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

It is noticeable that the tales in “Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa change in tone and style alongside the mental state and interests of the writer. Akutagawa’s most famed early works (including the titular story) are intricately woven setups for moral ...

The Box Man

| Apr 26, 2014

The Box Man

"The Box Man" is an existential work, revealing questions about identity and the place of man in society. The story begins in a diary format that reads like a how-to manual, as the narrator details the tools necessary to build a boxlike outfit complete ...

Shogun

| Apr 19, 2014

Shogun

This best-selling historical novel by the British author, James Clavell, is set in Japan around 1600. It begins when The Erasmus, a Dutch ship, reaches Japan by mistake. James Blackthorne, the English captain working for the ship (based on William Adams, the first Englishman ...