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Roger Pulvers

Roger Pulvers is an author, playwright, theater director and translator who divides his time between Tokyo and Sydney. He has published more than 40 books. His latest book in English is "The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn."

For Roger Pulvers's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Seeking solace in Tohoku's poets of old

Books Mar 10, 2018

Seeking solace in Tohoku's poets of old

On Oct. 11, 2011, seven months to the day after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region, I stood beside the sole surviving pine tree from a 350-year-old forest of approximately 70,000 similar trees on the coastline of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. In ...

Music | David Bowie in Japan Jan 15, 2016

Ground control to Major Jack

I first met David Bowie in August 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand, where the crew of Nagisa Oshima's "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" had come together for the flight to the film's location in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. From the outset he came across as a ...

Chiune Sugihara: man of conscience

National / History Jul 11, 2015

Chiune Sugihara: man of conscience

Chiune Sugihara, Japanese consul in Kaunas, Lithuania, awoke on the morning of July 18, 1940, to a disturbing sight. He peered through the curtains of his bedroom window just before 6 a.m. Sugihara and his wife had been living in the consulate building since ...

Inspiring story of 'the only woman in the room'

Books / Reviews Jun 6, 2015

Inspiring story of 'the only woman in the room'

"My father came to Tokyo from Karuizawa to meet me," wrote Beate Sirota Gordon in a message to me, which she sent several years before her death in 2012 at age 89. "He looked gaunt and undernourished. ... My mother did not come because ...