Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

Nov 15, 2014

Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

As the holiday season rolls around, it’s time to dash about in a mad panic in search of gifts that say “I’ve given this one some thought, honest.” Or you can just let us do the thinking for you, with gift suggestions from our ...

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

Oct 18, 2014

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

by Davey Young

The moon wasn’t out, but a low bank of clouds refracted the city lights and recast them around me as a dingy glow. Only chirping crickets and the occasional hum of a passing car in the distance broke the silence. After looking around to ...

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Aug 9, 2014

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

by Stephen Mansfield

The torching in 1950 of Kyoto’s majestic Temple of the Golden Pavilion remains one of the world’s most discussed cases of arson — not least because the act was perpetrated by an acolyte of the temple. Transcripts of his confession and subsequent trial contain ...

Revealing the many masks of Mishima

May 5, 2013

Revealing the many masks of Mishima

by Paul Mccarthy

This is a whale of a book — both unusually massive and extremely informative and stimulating. The title means “mask” in Latin and is probably an allusion to Yukio Mishima’s first full-length novel, “Confessions of a Mask,” published in Japan in 1949 and translated ...

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

| Aug 7, 2011

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

by Edan Corkill

In conversation, Tadanori Yokoo jumps nimbly between the past and the present. One moment he’s watching the sky glow red as bombs rain down on Kobe during World War II. The next he’s riding in a taxi with Yukio Mishima. And then he’s back ...

A lifetime's observations

Dec 28, 2006

A lifetime's observations

by Alexander Jacoby

He saw Ginza when it was a blackened plain but for the bombed-out Mitsukoshi department store, the Hattori Building and a handful of other structures left standing. He observed the city as it was rebuilt, and its people. He observed, and then he wrote. ...