Probing the real Japan

| Nov 2, 2008

Probing the real Japan

by Edan Corkill

Kenneth Pyle says his first memories of Japan were of watching war films when he was a child — “all the dogfights with Zero fighters and all that.” The 72-year-old American still keeps a close eye on Japan’s military maneuverings. Now, though, he’s a ...

Oct 26, 2008

Motel of Lost Companions

by Hillel Wright

It was a foolish argument . . . the worst kind of argument too, over food. And not even food exactly, but over salad dressing. She’d left his dinner on the table while she was out shopping for groceries. There was a bowl of ...

Hell's a-poppin' if you know where . . .

| Oct 19, 2008

Hell's a-poppin' if you know where . . .

by David Hickey

Thinking it was high time I had my synapses chomped by digitally enhanced satanic hardcore dance music, I head off to the appropriately titled Hell’s Gate event at Studio Cube 326 in Tamachi, a reclaimed armpit of Tokyo. Hell’s Gate is half Harajuku Goth-meet, ...

Hear yea: 'This country is rotten!'

| Oct 19, 2008

Hear yea: 'This country is rotten!'

by Edan Corkill

Barack Obama hasn’t yet lived long enough to win the United States presidency; he has, however, influenced Japanese comedy television, where, true to his mantra — or perhaps because of it — “change we can believe in” has already occurred. “Ladies and gentlemen, my ...

Showa-ing it like it was

| Oct 19, 2008

Showa-ing it like it was

by Tomoko Otake

Most of us have things we were given years ago that we cannot simply throw away, even though they’re of no use and are often simply gathering dust somewhere in the corner of a room. Whether it’s the ticket to the movie you went ...

Words of wonder

Oct 12, 2008

Words of wonder

by Eriko Arita

Western readers were first exposed to the wonders of “The Tale of Genji” when Kencho Suematsu, a graduate of Cambridge University in England, published his translation of the first 17 of its 54 chapters in London in 1882, according to the renowned scholar of ...

1,000 years of 'Genji'

Oct 12, 2008

1,000 years of 'Genji'

by Eriko Arita

“Genji Monogatari,” known as “The Tale of Genji” in English, is believed by many scholars to be the first full-length novel in world literature. Marking the 1,000th anniversary since its creation, today’s Timeout introduces this masterpiece that draws readers into a beautiful world gone ...

Ups and downs on Japan's property ladder

Sep 28, 2008

Ups and downs on Japan's property ladder

by Edan Corkill

Foreigners and the Japanese property market — the two sound like unlikely bedfellows, but in recent years their “liaisons” have been the focus of much media attention — and not all of it positive. First it was investments by foreigners driving up land prices; ...

In harmony with all creation

Sep 21, 2008

In harmony with all creation

by Roger Pulvers

If the primary theme of human life in the 21st century is living in harmony with other animals and plants — and also preserving the bounties of the Earth — then Kenji Miyazawa is the Japanese writer who can most thoroughly help us to ...