Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

Feb 20, 2013

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

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Long-term Japan resident, writer and critic Donald Richie, who through dozens of books and articles published from the late 1940s until the last decade helped introduce Japanese film and culture to the world, passed away in Tokyo on Tuesday, according to his long-term editor, ...

You read about them here first

Jan 27, 2013

You read about them here first

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Ever since 1897 The Japan Times has reported daily in English on people, places and goings-on in and beyond this country. During those 116 years, our articles have often included information that never made it into the Japanese-language press — as in 1934, when ...

A lifetime's observations

Dec 28, 2006

A lifetime's observations

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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. ...

Jan 9, 2005

Life in the land where boredom is not an option

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Writer, commentator and film specialist Donald Richie has had a good year, on that saw, among other things, the publication of “The Japan Journals” and his receipt of the Rising Sun With Gold Rays, a prestigious award honoring a lifetime of achievement in the ...

Sep 1, 2002

Films, Zen, Japan

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Donald Richie is regarded as the leading Western authority on Japanese film. He first came to Japan in 1947 as a civilian typist for the U.S. Occupational forces — an intelligent, restless 22-year-old in search of purpose. Richie, 78, began his career writing features ...

How Lon Chaney led to lifetime of Japanese film

Feb 2, 2002

How Lon Chaney led to lifetime of Japanese film

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I’m rarely nervous these days. But the prospect of sitting down with author, academic, film scholar and art critic Donald Richie has me ever so slightly on edge. Movies like Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon,” seen as a student in England, were profound in effect. Forty ...