Alyssa Smith

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

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 ...

Oct 24, 2011

Olympus case a black mark for Japan

The recent dismissal of the British chief executive of Olympus has once again drawn the attention of European media to peculiarities in corporate governance in Japan. Accounting practices and lack of transparency have aroused particular concern. It seems strange that Michael Woodford should have been ...