Destined to act wild

| Sep 2, 2007

Destined to act wild

by Raju Thakrar

When Danjuro Ichikawa stomps around the stage in flamboyant costumes, his face painted in red-and-white makeup and his voice virtually bellowing, it is kabuki in its rawest, most dramatic form. This actor and his ancestors through 11 previous generations have been wreaking havoc in ...

Mr. Hiroshima-san

| Aug 5, 2007

Mr. Hiroshima-san

by Eric Prideaux

In a sense, it is the ultimate irony: The man appointed to oversee the memorial to victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 by an American B-29 aircraft is . . . an American. But antiwar activist Steven L. ...

Writer on the road of life

| Jul 1, 2007

Writer on the road of life

by Tomoko Otake

Kotaro Sawaki is one of the most popular nonfiction writers in Japan. He made his name with “Shinya Tokkyu (Midnight Express),” a reportage of a yearlong overland trip through Asia and Europe he took when he was in his mid-20s. Those stories — whose ...

Thinking beyond the brain

| Jun 3, 2007

Thinking beyond the brain

by Eric Prideaux

Kenichiro Mogi would be the ideal person to find sitting next to you at a dinner party, or one bleary post-sake morning over breakfast in a Japanese mountain inn. As a celebrity neuroscientist with a doctorate in physics from the University of Tokyo, and ...

Insights into the new world disorder

| May 6, 2007

Insights into the new world disorder

by David Mcneill

When Karel Van Wolferen released his seminal book “The Enigma of Japanese Power” in the dying months of the bubble economy, the normally staid monthly magazine Chuo Koron described its impact as akin to being struck by a bolt of lightning. For once, the ...

| Feb 4, 2007

Princess of pure mystery

by Yumi Wijers-Hasegawa

The life of illusionist Tenko Hikita — better known as Princess Tenko — is veiled in mystery. Illusionist Tenko Hikita, better known as Princess Tenko, during a interview with The Japan Times in Tokyo YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTOS [See more in our Photo Gallery] Born ...

Joi Ito: Master of multitasking

| Nov 5, 2006

Joi Ito: Master of multitasking

by Tomoko Otake

Joichi Ito, better known as Joi Ito, defies any one simple label. Japanese-born, he is U.S.-educated, and as a result is both bicultural and perfectly bilingual. Although he is a highly successful free-market venture capitalist, he is also a fervent advocate of social democracy ...

Crusader with a pen

| Oct 1, 2006

Crusader with a pen

by Nobuko Tanaka

So wide-ranging are 71-year-old Hisashi Inoue’s talents and activities that it is difficult to know which to focus on at the expense of others. Inoue not only writes plays regularly for numerous theaters in Japan, but his own Komatsu-za company that he founded in ...

A life in pursuit of beauty

| Aug 6, 2006

A life in pursuit of beauty

by Martin Webb

H ailing from a conservative family of businessmen and bankers, as a young man in occupied Japan, Shu Uemura dreamed of becoming an actor. But, fearing that his weak constitution would hamper his chances of success, he instead enrolled at Tokyo Beauty Academy — ...