Samantha Sinnayah

For Samantha Sinnayah's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

It's a me, Abe!

Olympics / Summer Olympics Aug 22, 2016

It's a me, Abe!

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an cameo at the Rio 2016 Olympics' closing ceremony. While his presence was not unexpected, as Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympics, his unusual entrance was another matter. Naturally, the internet had something to say about it. [View the ...

One version of the 'real Tokyo'

Art Jul 24, 2009

One version of the 'real Tokyo'

Photographically, Tokyo is a city open to many interpretations. It is sex, it's shopping, elevated highways and kids playing at the end of quiet streets. It's futuristic, hyper-real and postmodern. It's a series of villages and an isolating, soulless landscape in demise. Gray or ...

"Naohiro Ukawa: A Series of Interpreted Catharsis #2"

Art May 17, 2007

"Naohiro Ukawa: A Series of Interpreted Catharsis #2"

Nanzuka Gallery Closes in 4 days With all the development, consumption and sheer movement in Tokyo, it is hard to believe a few large jolts from the earth could bring this city to a standstill. If a magnitude 7 quake hit Tokyo, it has been ...

"Chocolate"

Art May 3, 2007

"Chocolate"

21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo Midtown Closes in 87 days Lots of art can communicate, but there's nothing quite as refreshing as art that skews our perspective of the ordinary. At Tokyo's newest gallery, Tokyo Midtown's 21_21 Design Sight (www.2121.designsight.jp), "Chocolate," the world's most universally loved ...

Art Apr 19, 2007

"Fiona Tan: News from the Near Future"

Wako Works of Art Closes in 23 days To most of us an archive is a collection of historical documents. Housed in government or academic institutions, ordered and numbered, they hold -- even in this critical postmodern world -- an air of authority. Some even ...

Within the art of darkness

Art Apr 12, 2007

Within the art of darkness

Fashion, like a magnet, has been seasonally repelled and attracted to black since the 1980s, and, with the exception of photography, every art form at one point in time has been in love with the mysterious "color" (Scientifically, black is not a color as ...

"Susan Philipsz: Did I Dream You Dreamed About Me"

Art Apr 5, 2007

"Susan Philipsz: Did I Dream You Dreamed About Me"

Mizuma Art Gallery Closes in 10 days When one talks about going to a show, they normally use the verb "to see"; in the case of Susan Philipsz "to listen" is more appropriate. For a number of years, Philipsz has broadcast popular songs over ...

"Adam Frelin: White Line for Tokyo"

Art Mar 29, 2007

"Adam Frelin: White Line for Tokyo"

International House of Japan Closes in 39 days Tokyo may not be Paris but in its own way it is the city of light. By night the endless gray is forgotten as giant billboards and innumerable vertical signs transform the landscape. Kyoto might have its ...

"Gregory Colbert: Animal Totems -- A Prelude to Ashes and Snow"

Art Mar 15, 2007

"Gregory Colbert: Animal Totems -- A Prelude to Ashes and Snow"

Mori Arts Gallery Center Closes in 17 days To anyone who thinks they know about art, there is nothing as cringe-worthy as a contemporary sepia photo. They scream "Fake, Fake, Fake!" Throw in a few elephants, orangutans and some near-naked African women and children and ...

An Exhibition of 'Introductory' Business Cards

Art Mar 1, 2007

An Exhibition of 'Introductory' Business Cards

Printing MuseumCloses in 39 days Each year in Japan, some 90 billion business cards are given out, with the average person using 12 per month. That's a lot of cards for a tradition that started around 206 B.C. Originally used as calling cards by wealthy Chinese ...