Christopher Robinson

For Christopher Robinson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

How did we end up here, in 'Hashimotopia,' 2022?

| Aug 28, 2012

How did we end up here, in 'Hashimotopia,' 2022?

Walking home the other night, I glanced furtively over my shoulder and clocked the notorious tattoo-enforcement police heading in my direction. I ducked into a nearby konbini and cursed that bad decision inked onto my forearm in the 1990s. Ah, the '90s, when all we ...

'Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion'

/ Jul 26, 2012

"Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion"

The world first began to take notice of Japanese fashion in the 1980s after Issey Miyake and Kenzo Takada began presenting their collections in Paris. Their work signaled a departure from an industry dominated by Western norms, and their unusual aesthetic shocked fashion critics. This ...

'Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012'

/ Jul 26, 2012

"Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012"

One of the world's largest art festivals, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is held across this mountainous Niigata region every three years. Its goal is to revive the area by encouraging visitors to interact with the countryside and its locals. The festival showcases artworks located in around ...


| Jul 22, 2012


Shisaku is a homophone meaning essay, a meditation upon a subject, a policy or measures a government takes. A fitting title for analyst Michael Cucek's blog which provides insight and opinion on Japanese politics, with a distinct hint of satire. In the eight years ...

'Debussy, Music and the Arts'

/ Jul 19, 2012

"Debussy, Music and the Arts"

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, not only did music, art, literature and the performing arts influence each other, but some artists created works that spanned art forms. Among such artists was the famous French composer Claude Debussy. To celebrate the 150th year ...

What is iconic photography?

Jul 5, 2012

What is iconic photography?

Osamu Wataya is a photographer, but only in the dictionary sense of the word. Most artistic photographers use their subjects to make a work of art, "I want to be able to serve my subjects," he says, "I want my subjects to be able ...

'Inaudible Sound'

/ Jun 21, 2012

"Inaudible Sound"

"Inaudible Sound" was originally a one-day event that was scheduled for March 19, 2011, but was canceled after the Great East Japan Earthquake. This year, the three originally commissioned artists — Hiroharu Mori, Toshiya Tsunoda and Shigeru Matsui — have been reunited to show works ...