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Kris Kosaka

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.

For Kris Kosaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bintley returns with his new-look 'Cinderella'

Apr 28, 2015

Bintley returns with his new-look 'Cinderella'

For dance fans, there's the promise of some glittering Golden Week holiday reunions as David Bintley, long-time director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, returns here with that company for the first time since his four-year stint doubling up as artistic director of the National ...

Memoirs of Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Manchuria's 'Fragrant Orchid'

/ Apr 25, 2015

Memoirs of Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Manchuria's 'Fragrant Orchid'

Often the conflicts between countries are best expressed through the personal story of a single citizen, and this is true with "Fragrant Orchid," the autobiography of famed actress and singer Li Xianglan. Born Yoshiko Yamaguchi — her birth name as an ethnic Japanese — ...

Excavating Japan's buried baseball history with Masanori Murakami

Apr 18, 2015

Excavating Japan's buried baseball history with Masanori Murakami

Sometimes historical analysis can't compete with a good personal story, as Robert K. Fitts — a baseball expert and former archaeologist — proves with his newest book, "Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer." ...

Black Jack

/ | Mar 21, 2015

Black Jack

Although he is best known internationally for creating "Astro Boy," Osamu Tezuka's most popular work for adults in Japan is "Black Jack," a series of short stand-alone stories from the 1970s, documenting the renegade antics of the unconventional title doctor whose mercenary facade masks ...

Mendeleev's Mandala

/ Mar 21, 2015

Mendeleev's Mandala

"Mendeleev's Mandala" is the most recent collection of poetry from Kansai-based writer Jessica Goodfellow. Mendeleev's Mandala, by Jessica Goodfellow 100 pages.Mayapple Press, Poetry. Each poem encompasses more than a world in a grain of sand; there ...

Above the East China Sea: A Novel

/ Mar 14, 2015

Above the East China Sea: A Novel

Although this is supposedly Sarah Bird's "most ambitious" novel to date — and it is ambitious — it's not the novel that falls short, it's the marketing. Rather than Bird's ticket to entering the "literary elite," it is the best of young adult fiction. ...