Masami Ito

Masami is a staff writer for the Life and Culture Division at The Japan Times. She is in charge of the weekly Sunday Timeout, covering various issues related to Japan, from alcohol/drug addiction and juvenile crime to female sushi chefs and kendama. Over her 15-year career, she has written extensively on Japanese politics, foreign policy and social issues.

For Masami Ito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Art from the margins of society

/ Aug 13, 2014

Art from the margins of society

A show of brilliant color combinations, unusual shapes and a creative use of materials, "Art as a Haven of Happiness" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum showcases the work of artists with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Free of any fixed ideas or concepts ...

Lighting the way for Obon

/ Aug 13, 2014

Lighting the way for Obon

Toro nagashi is a long-held Japanese tradition where candle-lit lanterns are released into rivers to guide the spirits of ancestors back to the other world during the Obon season. On Aug. 16, the Asakusa Toro Nagashi will see 2,500 lanterns set afloat on the Sumida ...

Yokohama Triennale 2014: Remembering the forgotten

Jul 31, 2014

Yokohama Triennale 2014: Remembering the forgotten

Noise. Speed. Words. Images. We live in a digital era, constantly exposed to a massive stream of information, which we believe is vital to our daily lives. Turn on the television and commentators warn us of the threats in the world. Turn on the computer, ...

A midsummer night's dream of dance

/ Jul 29, 2014

A midsummer night's dream of dance

Looking out with expressive eyes, their fingertips delicately fluttering and their heads and hips swaying in unique angular movements, Balinese dancers have long enchanted people around the world, with their elegant and at times powerful performances. The annual Asagaya Bali Dance Festival, which takes place ...

Patterns of fun at the National Museum of Modern Art

/ Jul 29, 2014

Patterns of fun at the National Museum of Modern Art

Whether lines, circles, squares, triangles or other shapes, in our daily lives, we are constantly surrounded by patterns and designs. "Patterns of Delight: Crafts Gallery for Kids + Adults" at The National Museum of Modern Art invites adults and children to explore such geometric beauty ...

'Eco Edo' art aquarium is a different kettle of fish

/ Jul 29, 2014

'Eco Edo' art aquarium is a different kettle of fish

Japan loves goldfish, especially in the summer, during which festival goldfish-scooping games are always popular and yukata (light summer kimono) and hand-held fans often sport goldfish patterns. The delicate sound of the furin wind chimes and images of fish swimming in clear water evoke ...

Jun 26, 2014

Nursery staffer fractures boy's skull

A young boy was left with a fractured skull after being physically thrown out of a nursery classroom on June 13, a Kyoto city official said Thursday. A female employee threw the boy and two other 5-year-olds into the yard because they had been fooling ...