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For Dave Hueston's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Have you heard the one about the Japanese stand-up comic in Kenya?

Jan 2, 2018

Have you heard the one about the Japanese stand-up comic in Kenya?

Once in a while, a maverick who is eager to blaze a trail comes along in the entertainment world. Tokyo- and Chicago-based stand-up comedian Saku Yanagawa considers himself just that — a world-traveling comic who delivers his unique, biting perspective shaped by life lived in ...

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Dec 29, 2016

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Few instruments are as integral to a nation's traditional culture as Japan's shamisen, whose evocative sound accompanies a range of performances from kabuki and puppet plays to folk songs and geisha entertainments in teahouses. But in the 21st century, the three-stringed instrument is facing something ...