Nationalism and its discontents

Feb 27, 2011

Nationalism and its discontents

by Jeff Kingston

In this wide-ranging feature following a recent visit to Chengdu, China, Jeff Kingston examines Sino-Japanese relations and challenges facing the government in Beijing Last December when I visited Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in southwest China, people there were still agitated about Japan ...

History museum takes no prisoners

Feb 27, 2011

History museum takes no prisoners

by Jeff Kingston

A powerful earthquake devastated Sichuan Province in 2008 and recovery is still ongoing, but this prosperous and fertile region of southwest China has also suffered a series of man-made disasters. During the Great Leap Forward (1958-61), when as many as 45 million Chinese died ...

Minding the gaps

Feb 27, 2011

Minding the gaps

by Jeff Kingston

During the Senkaku/Diaoyu imbroglio following the Sept. 7, 2010 collision between a Chinese trawler and a Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel off disputed islands of those names in the East China Sea, some NHK and Asahi reporters emphasized that the anti-Japanese demonstrations in China ...

Japan's first pop culture

Feb 13, 2011

Japan's first pop culture

by Michael Hoffman

Pop culture. Japan’s today is thriving, vibrant, spreading, turning people the world over into manga/anime freaks and costume players. It’s a new role for this once introverted, quietly workaholic nation. As recently as the 1980s, “culture” in Japan meant, if not corporate culture, then ...

Writing about wrongs at home and abroad

| Feb 6, 2011

Writing about wrongs at home and abroad

by Eriko Arita

Yang Sok Gil is renowned for his novels describing, with remarkable humanity and humor, people’s wanton desires and the problems they cause, often from the viewpoint of minorities in Japan or elsewhere. As a second-generation Korean resident of Japan, Yang was born in 1936 ...

Art at your fingertips

Jan 30, 2011

Art at your fingertips

by Tomoko Otake

One Sunday morning in late November, a throng of people, mostly women in their 20s and 30s, made long lines to get into a convention hall at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward. Many others were sitting on benches outside the hall, opening suitcases ...

What drew you to Expo?

Jan 30, 2011

What drew you to Expo?

by Eriko Arita and Tomoko Otake

To find out what pointed people in the direction of Tokyo Nail Expo — and if they could put their finger on what nail art meant to them — we roamed Tokyo Big Sight in search of willing interviewees. The following people kindly offered ...

'Simple and severe' in World Nailist finals

Jan 30, 2011

'Simple and severe' in World Nailist finals

by Eriko Arita

Among the many exciting attractions of Tokyo Nail Expo, held on Nov. 28 and 29 last year, were more than 10 competitions in which nail-school students and professional manicurists showed off their skills. Foremost among these events was the 5th World Nailist Championship, the ...

Mystery at a crossroads of continents

Jan 23, 2011

Mystery at a crossroads of continents

by Edan Corkill

By the time I reached the small town of Palmyra, way out in the middle of the Syrian desert, I had become somewhat accustomed to the ways of the locals. “Tell him we traveled 9,000 km from Japan to see these very tombs,” I ...