Alyssa I. Smith

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

Ep. 9 'Girlfight'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Jul 26, 2019

Ep. 9 'Girlfight'

If Episode 8 was like a long-lost episode of "Friends," then Episode 9 was straight out of "Gossip Girl." Did anyone else get stressed out watching Risako and Haruka go for each other's throats? I felt like I needed a stiff drink to recover ...

What's in a name? Ask Ichikawa Ebizo, a kabuki scion

Stage Jul 11, 2019

What's in a name? Ask Ichikawa Ebizo, a kabuki scion

When it comes to kabuki, there are few names as recognizable as Ichikawa Ebizo. A member of the illustrious Ichikawa kabuki family, Ebizo has been a mainstay of Japanese traditional theater since his stage debut in "The Tale of Genji" in 1983 at the ...

Embracing life and death at Reborn-Art Festival

Art Jun 20, 2019

Embracing life and death at Reborn-Art Festival

The date March 11, 2011, carries a lot of weight in Japan. When the magnitude 9 Great East Japan Earthquake rocked the Tohoku region in the northeast of the country, it devastated the landscape and altered the lives of residents. And now, eight years ...

Ep. 2 'Tempura Incident'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Jun 4, 2019

Ep. 2 'Tempura Incident'

Based on the title alone, my expectations going into episode two of "Terrace House" — titled "Tempura Incident" — were high. Viewers of the “Boys & Girls in the City” season are sure to remember the infamous “meat incident” of 2016 where the housemates ...

A weekend in Kobe: Beyond the beef, beyond the quake

Travel | A Weekend In May 11, 2019

A weekend in Kobe: Beyond the beef, beyond the quake

Kobe — the cosmopolitan capital of Hyogo Prefecture with a population of 1.5 million — has a rich history as one of Japan's most important ports for foreign trade, and international influences are evident in everything from its architecture and design to its food ...