Getting close to Ryuichi Sakamoto

| Oct 26, 2017

Getting close to Ryuichi Sakamoto

Stephen Nomura Schible refrains from saying whether he and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto are friends, or even close, despite having filmed a documentary about him. "When I'm in the U.S., everyone refers to him by his first name, but in my mind and when I'm in ...

This woman's work is never dull

Oct 11, 2017

This woman's work is never dull

Hidetomo Masuno says he thinks too much. The 41-year-old comedian who goes by the name Bakarhythm says he spends most of his waking hours deep in thought — "but first," he stresses, "I observe." Observation is what led him to create the blog, book and, ...

The crafted sensuality of director Tran Anh Hung

Sep 27, 2017

The crafted sensuality of director Tran Anh Hung

When Tran Anh Hung enters the room for an interview with The Japan Times, a hush falls among the people gathered there. The staff speak in low, gentle tones and their gestures seem restrained. "It's probably because I'm very sensitive to the sound of spoken ...