Naoko Takeuchi's "Sailor Moon" is one of the most popular manga for girls of all time, and "beautiful guardian warriors" remains a global trend across a wide spectrum of adolescent literature today.
Kris Kosaka, a resident of Japan since 1996, contributes regularly to The Japan Times. She is a lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University in the Faculty of International Studies.
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In "Noon: An Anthology of Short Poems," editor Philip Rowland shows there's more to the short form poetry genre than haiku or tanka.
Often referred to as the Japanese Hans Christian Andersen, Mimei Ogawa's (1882-1961) numerous children's stories and fairy tales elevated the literary genre from simplistic tales to nuanced, humanist works.
Forget its reputation as art for the culturally elite. If Italian superstar tenor Vittorio Grigolo has his way, modern opera will soon take its place as pure entertainment for the masses. Audiences in Tokyo can share his passion this autumn as the very best from ...
"Half of Each Other," the newest novel from the prolific author and director, Roger Pulvers, considers how love, desire and grief intertwine in the aftermath of tragedy.
Author of the beloved "Kiki's Delivery Service" series about a young witch in training, Eiko Kadono continues to bring magic to the world of Japanese children's literature.
In Yoko Ogawa's "The Memory Police," as memories of everyday objects are ripped away from society, one novelist sets out to conceal her editor — a person who cannot forget these missing objects — from a mysterious, state-sanctioned police force.
Akemi Johnson's "Night in the American Village" is a meticulously researched volume on the intersection of cultures, the divides of power and gender, and on the politics and people behind the overseas American military presence.
Children's author Taro Gomi has authored over 450 books in his striking visual style, many of which — "Everyone Poops" included — have become classics of the genre, both in Japan and abroad.
"Diva Nation" pays tribute to Japanese women through the ages who have found a way to triumph despite societal restrictions.