From heroes to zero, with fateful strings attached

Nov 9, 2008

From heroes to zero, with fateful strings attached

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Nov. 11 marks the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. Sparked by the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, and due to a complex series of interlocking treaties between the ...

Wrestling with a guilty verdict

Nov 9, 2008

Wrestling with a guilty verdict

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Kazuhiko Togo, a retired career official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador to the Netherlands, is the grandson of Shigenori Togo, Japan’s foreign minister at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941. His grandfather is one of the ...

From heroes to zero, and lasting scars

Nov 9, 2008

From heroes to zero, and lasting scars

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Nov. 12 marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE), commonly known as the Tokyo Trial, which in terms of judicial procedures is now widely regarded as having been fundamentally flawed and biased against the ...

Oct 26, 2008

Motel of Lost Companions

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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 . . .

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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, ...

Showa-ing it like it was

| Oct 19, 2008

Showa-ing it like it was

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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

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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'

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“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 ...

In harmony with all creation

Sep 21, 2008

In harmony with all creation

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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 ...

Tokyo's catwalks at last purr with pizazz

Sep 14, 2008

Tokyo's catwalks at last purr with pizazz

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“Is Tokyo really the world’s fifth fashion capital after Paris, New York, Milan and London?” That was the question asked by Li Dong, director of fashion for China TV, which was insinuating the waning sartorial significance of the Rising Sun during last season’s Japan ...

It's tough for men

Sep 14, 2008

It's tough for men

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Japan Fashion Week (JFW), now in its seventh season, has never put much emphasis on menswear. This year, it appeared merely as an afterthought. A paltry selection seems at odds with the fact that the Japanese menswear market and number of top-quality domestic labels ...