Stephen Mansfield

Photojournalist and author Stephen Mansfield's work has appeared in over 70 publications worldwide, on subjects ranging from conflict in the Middle East to cultural analysis, interviews and book reviews. A longtime Japan Times contributor, his latest book is "Japan's Master Gardens: Lessons in Space & Environment."

For Stephen Mansfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Shifting landscapes: The state of traditional Japanese gardens

Lifestyle May 18, 2019

Shifting landscapes: The state of traditional Japanese gardens

My neighbor's garden is a wonder to behold. Where you might expect to find trim box hedges, bamboo fences, subtle rock arrangements, junipers, conifers and pine, there are garden gnomes, an ornamental concrete wheelbarrow, pots of begonia, hanging baskets of pansies and an iron ...

Fukui’s Obama: Overshadowed by a president

Travel Mar 1, 2019

Fukui’s Obama: Overshadowed by a president

Although the presidential-themed euphoria surrounding the city of Obama has faded, the area's very tangible cultural legacies make it well worth a visit for the foodie and the history buff alike.

A power spot, tucked away on the Shima Peninsula

Travel Dec 14, 2018

A power spot, tucked away on the Shima Peninsula

Four or five years ago, standing alone in front of the clear, gently bubbling waters of Kiyomasa no Ido, a natural spring secreted in woodland at the far end of the Meiji Shrine's iris garden, I strained to detect any sound, but even the ...