Takeshi Nishide
For Takeshi Nishide's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2013
Shinto trying to stay relevant in global, green era
One morning last fall, a group of around a dozen people of various nationalities and religious faiths visited Kanda Myojin Shrine in central Tokyo.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2012
Japanese Muslim blazes own trail
Masashi Nagano is an unlikely believer in Islam. He is a 28-year-old Japanese, born and brought up in a society with predominantly Shinto and Buddhist undertones, who hated religion as a child.
Japan Times
Nov 15, 2012
Christians exploring new ways to spread the word
At a bustling Tokyo flea market in late September, booths were filled with manga, self-published magazines, books, accessories and other goods. The crowds that gathered included women in "cosplay" outfits and men in animal costumes, while the poster promoting the event featured a manga-style girl in school uniform.
Feb 2, 2012
Maverick Buddhist nun dedicated to helping the needy and homeless
Koshu Hirao, 58, is not your ordinary Buddhist nun.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on