Alyssa I. Smith

For Alyssa I. Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Manga and kabuki collide in an action-packed 'Naruto'

Aug 8, 2018

Manga and kabuki collide in an action-packed 'Naruto'

Here's a sight you may not expect at a kabuki performance: A blue-haired boy bolts toward a massive snake that writhes menacingly on stage. He brings his sword down on the beast, slicing it into sections that fall apart dramatically. I thought a kabuki ...

Navigating our way through Broadway's biggest night

Jun 6, 2018

Navigating our way through Broadway's biggest night

The 72nd annual Tony Awards are being presented at New York City's storied Radio City Music Hall on June 11 (8 a.m. Japan time), but that doesn't mean those of us in Japan have to miss out. Wowow is rolling out its red carpet to ...

Short Shorts festival entries give Japan a starring role

May 31, 2018

Short Shorts festival entries give Japan a starring role

From "You Only Live Twice" (1967) to "Black Rain" (1989) and "Lost in Translation" (2003), directors who choose Japan as a filming location are often well-rewarded with beautiful backdrops. The local flavor that works its way into a movie can sometimes be as important ...

Artisan Junichi Mitsubori presents his new art of <I>wagashi</I>

Feb 10, 2018

Artisan Junichi Mitsubori presents his new art of wagashi

A rapt audience watches in silence as a delicate confection in the shape of a flower blooms in the experienced hands of a wagashi master. Junichi Mitsubori, a third-generation wagashi (Japanese dessert) artisan hailing from Yokosuka City, Kanagawa, does not embellish his movements as ...