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 — ...

Dancing with body and soul

| Jul 2, 2006

Dancing with body and soul

by Kaori Shoji

Tamiyo Kusakari has been on her toes since the age of 8. Japan’s most treasured ballerina virtually grew up in her toe shoes, and spent her youth dancing on one stage after another. Now, at the age of 41, she continues to enthrall legions ...

How shall we dance?

| Jun 4, 2006

How shall we dance?

by Nobuko Tanaka

This summer, the movie that shot Johnny Depp to Hollywood stardom, Tim Burton’s 1990 fantasy “Edward Scissorhands,” comes to Japan as a live dance stage created and directed by Matthew Bourne. Following its November 2005 London premier, a U.K. tour of the production played ...

A life less ordinary

| May 7, 2006

A life less ordinary

by Mayumi Negishi

In November 2000, May Shigenobu stood speechless in front of her TV set in Beirut, staring at crackly satellite images of her mother, Fusako Shigenobu, giving the thumbs-up and smiling as she was led away by police in Osaka, half a world away. To ...