Manami Okazaki

For Manami Okazaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The feminine world of photography

May 5, 2011

The feminine world of photography

Bettina Rheims is an iconic French photographer known for her sensual portraits of women, who range from movie stars, models and musicians to androgynous teens, wives of Russian millionaires and Parisian women whom she finds while "hunting" on the streets. Her subjects are often ...

Finding the inner strength to be a survivor

Feb 18, 2011

Finding the inner strength to be a survivor

From Feb. 4 to 27, New York photographer Paule Saviano is exhibiting 22 images from his series of Tokyo and Dresden firebombing survivors in one of the few buildings in Tokyo to survive World War II. The show takes place at the same time ...

DJ Krush spins some tales

| Feb 19, 2010

DJ Krush spins some tales

After 20 years in the DJ game, DJ Krush is widely acclaimed as the king of Japanese hip-hop, and, as a much sought after turntabilist, his impeccable skills have impressed crowds all over world. But his music is actually genre-defying and vastly experimental. He ...

Watson to whalers: We will never surrender

| Feb 9, 2010

Watson to whalers: We will never surrender

Despite speaking on a bad line from somewhere off Antarctica, the message from Paul Watson was loud and clear: "We will never retreat or surrender the southern oceans till we drive the Japanese whaling fleet out of here. We are not going to back down ...

'Shinganist Showcase 3 Tokyo'

| Jan 22, 2010

'Shinganist Showcase 3 Tokyo'

Tokyo Hipsters Club Closes Jan. 25 While street culture and the genres of hardcore and hip-hop form the context of the Japanese artist Usugrow, in his beautiful and meticulously crafted black-and-white works, which feature flowers, skulls, religious symbols and ornate fonts, you can ...

'108 Heroes of the Suikoden'

| Jan 22, 2010

'108 Heroes of the Suikoden'

Tokyo Vanilla Gallery Closes Jan. 30 Horiyoshi III is the undisputed master of traditional Japanese-style tattooing and has an unparalleled influence on the local and international tattoo industry. Now 63 years old and in the twilight of his career, Horiyoshi is renowned for his ...

From a shady past to helping others

Mar 28, 2009

From a shady past to helping others

Kabukicho is Tokyo's infamous entertainment district and suburb of sleaze. A heavily populated square of sleepless activity northeast of Shinjuku Station, it is home to a haphazard mix of movie theaters, hostess bars, strip clubs, and seedy nightclubs. An illicit atmosphere permeates the air. ...

Snow yaks and yetis — an ice man cometh

Feb 20, 2009

Snow yaks and yetis — an ice man cometh

Fans of Pop Surrealism were no doubt tickled pink to hear of their messiah, painter Mark Ryden, making an appearance in Tokyo for the opening of "The Snow Yak Show" at the Tomio Koyama Gallery. The solo exhibition features eight new works from the ...

Tattoos come out of hiding

Aug 26, 2008

Tattoos come out of hiding

'There are tattoos that you can show and ones that you should hide," says Shura, an Osaka tattoo artist. "Traditional tattoos are only OK to show at festivals, certain public baths and during fights. "The cute, fashionable ones, they are OK to show whenever." ...

Nikon's full-frame camera aims at the 'Canonistas'

| Jan 23, 2008

Nikon's full-frame camera aims at the 'Canonistas'

For many professional photographers, their camera is a friend, a trusted companion and colleague. When an important story hinges on the functioning of their "partner," they want a product that is, above all, trustworthy. As a result, photographers are often loyal to their chosen brand. ...