Catherina Depaz

For Catherina Depaz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi

Books / Reviews Dec 13, 2014

On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi

On the Brink, by Ryusho Kadota, Translated by Simon Varnam.Kurodahan Press, Nonfiction. The personal testimonials from "On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi" are riveting and heartbreaking. Compiled by Ryusho Kadota, each chapter recounts the aftermath of the ...

World Trigger

Books / Reviews Nov 22, 2014

World Trigger

Any lover of science fiction, action and, of course, manga should enjoy "World Trigger" by Daisuke Ashihara. The unlikely hero, nerdy Osamu Mikumo, is a part of an elite monster-fighting organization called "Border." The world is in constant danger from grotesque invaders from an ...

Bastian Baker hits the clubs and karaoke

Music Nov 18, 2014

Bastian Baker hits the clubs and karaoke

Being an ambassador has its perks. Sure there's a ton of diplomacy to weave through, but the work must be worth it if you get to hold concerts at your house. Last Friday, Swiss Ambassador Urs Bucher invited a small group over to see an ...

Stretch your fright nights right into the weekend

Lifestyle Oct 29, 2014

Stretch your fright nights right into the weekend

This year, many people in Japan celebrated Halloween early. Last weekend saw parades, parties and trick-or-treating at special events across the country, but for those who grew up in places that historically celebrate the holiday, Oct. 25 may have been a bit too soon ...

In the footsteps of Isabella Bird

Books / Reviews Oct 25, 2014

In the footsteps of Isabella Bird

With a curiosity for exploring new lands and cultures in the late 1800s, British author, traveler and naturalist Isabella Bird blazed quite a trail, one that is followed lovingly by Kiyonori Kanasaka with his collection of photographs that capture Bird's heart and vision, replicating ...

Tei: A Memoir of the End of War and Beginning of Peace

Books / Reviews Oct 11, 2014

Tei: A Memoir of the End of War and Beginning of Peace

Tei Fujiwara's book is a historical memoir of one woman's journey to save her family. The year is 1945 and the Soviets have declared war on Japan. Fujiwara is forced to leave her home in Manchuria, a Japanese-controlled state in China, to flee the ...

Time Killers

Books / Reviews Sep 27, 2014

Time Killers

"Time Killers" is a collection of short stories by Kazue Kato in the realm of fantasy. The beautiful artwork takes the reader from the sea to the stars and across the globe. Time Killers, by Kazue Kato Translated ...

Millennium Snow vol. 1-2

Books / Reviews Sep 13, 2014

Millennium Snow vol. 1-2

Bisco Hatori, author of the popular manga series and anime "Ouran High School Host Club," delivers a romantic comedy with a supernatural twist with "Millennium Snow," a series that will make any fan of shōjo (young girl) manga blush. ...