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Rosi Byard-Jones
For Rosi Byard-Jones's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
English translations of Japanese novels, like the ones seen here in a London bookstore, are getting a bump from TikTok.
CULTURE / Books
Jan 25, 2024
TikTok and YouTube fuel a Japanese literature boom in Britain
Translated novels sold a total of some 2 million copies in Britain in 2023, and Japanese works accounted for one-quarter of those sold.
Approximately 60 kimono owned by Freddie Mercury were on show alongside some of his iconic stage costumes at the "On Stage" auction at Sotheby's New Bond Street auction house in London.
CULTURE / Music
Sep 23, 2023
Freddie Mercury auction highlights the musician's deep love for Japan
The exhibition, which wrapped up on what would have been the rock star's 77th birthday, featured ukiyo-e woodblock prints and approximately 60 kimono.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
May 28, 2023
Rakugo master and Cambridge professor revive tales from the Edo Period
The pair have helped to revive the colorful quack doctor Chikusai, who enjoyed great popularity between the 17th and 19th centuries.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Apr 16, 2023
Scholars reflect on Kenzaburo Oe's legacy a month after death
In tribute to his legacy, three scholars of Japanese literature discussed some definitive works to show how the late author captured the complex struggles of being human.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Mar 23, 2023
New Japanese playwrights shine on the London stage
A joint collaboration between the Royal Court Theatre and New National Theatre, Tokyo, brought the works of three up-and-coming dramatists to British audiences in January.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 12, 2022
'Totoro' play boosts East Asian visibility on British stage
The Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of the Studio Ghibli film is a hit, breaking box-office records. Cast members say they hope the production will help address racism in the arts.

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