Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan

Jan 14, 2017

Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan

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In June 1948, novelist Osamu Dazai committed suicide. The 38-year-old, who had just completed his masterpiece, “No Longer Human,” and whose fame was peaking, jumped into Tokyo’s Tamagawa Canal with his mistress, Tomie Yamazaki, and drowned. With his acid wit and nihilistic vision, Dazai ...

Jan 10, 2017

Murakami's new book to be released Feb. 24 in Japan

Haruki Murakami’s new book has a title, though its content remains a mystery. “Kishidancho Goroshi,” or “Killing Commendatore,” will hit Japanese bookstores Feb. 24, the book’s publisher, Shinchosha Publishing Co., said Tuesday. Overseas availability isn’t yet known. Shinchosha said the book will have two ...

The top entertainment stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year’s Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that ...

Murakami's new novel set for February release in Japan

Dec 1, 2016

Murakami's new novel set for February release in Japan

Haruki Murakami’s new novel is being released in Japan in February, and that’s about as much as his fans are being told. Publisher Shinchosha Publishing Co. made the announcement Wednesday. The book’s title, theme and exact date of release remain a mystery. The publisher ...

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

Apr 20, 2016

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

The social welfare council in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by one of last week’s earthquakes, announced Wednesday that they will start accepting volunteers from Thursday to sort out relief supplies and provide other support to evacuees. Any volunteers ...

Wind/Pinball

/ Jan 23, 2016

Wind/Pinball

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“As long as I had something to transmit,” says the narrator of these two short novels from 1979 and 1980, “my existence would be assured.” Over three decades later, his creator Haruki Murakami is transmitting all over the world, a Japanese hero of postmodern ...