Mar 26, 2015

Novelist Mishima's 1964 Olympics reporter notebook goes on display

A notebook novelist Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) used to cover the 1964 Tokyo Olympics has been found at the Mishima Yukio Literary Museum in Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, and put on exhibit. The contents were published in an academic journal Monday. The show opened Tuesday. Mishima ...

Mishima: sliced from the shackles of time

Dec 27, 2014

Mishima: sliced from the shackles of time

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Henry Scott Stokes, Yukio Mishima’s first biographer, once told me that the thing he most remembered about the writer was his exquisite manners — one of those telling details that lend a touch of authenticity to the work of those who knew Mishima personally. ...

Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

Nov 15, 2014

Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

As the holiday season rolls around, it’s time to dash about in a mad panic in search of gifts that say “I’ve given this one some thought, honest.” Or you can just let us do the thinking for you, with gift suggestions from our ...

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

Oct 18, 2014

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

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The moon wasn’t out, but a low bank of clouds refracted the city lights and recast them around me as a dingy glow. Only chirping crickets and the occasional hum of a passing car in the distance broke the silence. After looking around to ...

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Aug 9, 2014

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

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The torching in 1950 of Kyoto’s majestic Temple of the Golden Pavilion remains one of the world’s most discussed cases of arson — not least because the act was perpetrated by an acolyte of the temple. Transcripts of his confession and subsequent trial contain ...