A key figure in the Russo-Japanese War, Gen. Maresuke Nogi was both a soldier and a poet.
Michael Hoffman is a fiction and nonfiction writer who has lived in Hokkaido by the sea almost as long as he can remember. He has been contributing regularly to The Japan Times for 10 years. His latest novel is "The Naked Ear" (VBW/Blackcover Books, 2012).
For Michael Hoffman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The future alone can unveil its secrets — in its own time.
“If a married couple can’t get along in a pandemic, who can?”
There are striking affinities between Japan and Russia, noticeable even before either country was fully aware of the other. Both were backward by 19th-century European standards — economically, industrially, scientifically. Both felt it keenly, and responded similarly. Two clashing factions arose in each country — ...
While enormous things are currently happening in the world, we shouldn’t altogether lose sight of the small things either.
COVID-19’s most visible symbol is the mask, but 85 of 100 doctors surveyed by Shukan Gendai say masks are unnecessary in open outdoor spaces.
It’s tough to sing the company song at daily morning meetings wearing a mask.
Chaos, destruction … humanity endures and yet, we seem stuck in repeating the same mistakes.
Exercising self-control in an environment that allows more freedom is more difficult than you think.
in some areas, out-of-prefecture motorists have been pelted with rocks and intimidated by reckless driving.