The Inland Sea

Aug 2, 2014

The Inland Sea

by Mark Schilling

In his lifetime, Donald Richie was best known as a pioneering expert on Japanese cinema; he famously first brought the films of Yasujiro Ozu to the attention of the West, as well as writing the trailblazing “The Japanese Film: Art and Industry” with fellow ...

Kunisaki: into a world of moss and stone

Jul 12, 2014

Kunisaki: into a world of moss and stone

by Stephen Mansfield

The sense of antiquity on the Kunisaki Peninsula is immediate. There are those that believe the region — whose name is said to mean “land’s end” — was created by demons in the service of powerful gods. You have to take these accounts with ...

Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film

Dec 7, 2013

Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film

by Mark Schilling

Yasujiro Ozu once had a reputation for making films only other Japanese could understand. His studio bosses believed overseas audiences wanted the exoticism of samurai and geisha, not Ozu’s quietly realistic dramas about contemporary middle-class families. This explains the reluctance of Ozu’s studio, Shochiku, ...

Recommended reading

Feb 24, 2013

Recommended reading

by Stephen Mansfield

Donald Richie was a scrupulous writer who paid finite attention to language and content. The following are 10 outstanding choices — titles that should be on any discerning readers’ bookshelf. “Tokyo: A View of the City” (1999) Here Richie manages to give the impression ...

Feb 24, 2013

The champion of Ozu's masterwork "Tokyo Story"

by Tadao Sato

Nowadays, the name of the Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) is known throughout the world. But it wasn’t always like this — and it might never have been, without the efforts of Donald Richie. After Ozu’s masterpiece “Tokyo Story” was released in 1953, ...

Sharing films with a master critic

Feb 24, 2013

Sharing films with a master critic

by Mark Schilling

Donald Richie was my friend and mentor for more than 20 years and my inspiration before that. When I was preparing to come to Japan for the first time in 1975, I read many books about the place, but Donald’s masterpiece “The Inland Sea” ...

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

Feb 20, 2013

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

by Edan Corkill

Long-term Japan resident, writer and critic Donald Richie, who through dozens of books and articles published from the late 1940s until the last decade helped introduce Japanese film and culture to the world, passed away in Tokyo on Tuesday, according to his long-term editor, ...

You read about them here first

Jan 27, 2013

You read about them here first

by Edan Corkill

Ever since 1897 The Japan Times has reported daily in English on people, places and goings-on in and beyond this country. During those 116 years, our articles have often included information that never made it into the Japanese-language press — as in 1934, when ...