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For Tim Hornyak's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

<em>Gachapon</em>: Tracing the evolution of Japan's colorful toy capsules

Aug 19, 2017

Gachapon: Tracing the evolution of Japan's colorful toy capsules

Where else but Japan could you buy a miniature version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" figure crouching over a squat toilet, horror-struck? It's one of thousands of ingeniously designed trinkets you can buy for a pittance from toy machines across the nation. They're subversive, ...

Plastic fantastic: How does Tokyo recycle its waste?

Jun 10, 2017

Plastic fantastic: How does Tokyo recycle its waste?

The next time you trek out to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, situated on the fringes of Shinagawa along Tokyo Bay, look around and you'll see a giant smokestack by the Konan Ohashi Bridge. The visa-dispensing center, essential for foreign nationals who want to ...

Leiji Matsumoto surfs the floating world

Apr 2, 2017

Leiji Matsumoto surfs the floating world

The work of manga artist Leiji Matsumoto mixes historical periods, themes and technologies, often in a science-fiction setting: His signature comics involve steam locomotives and reborn World War II battleships sailing among the stars. These grand flights of fancy, which have found fans around ...

Just say Yes to a new generation of prog rockers

Dec 4, 2016

Just say Yes to a new generation of prog rockers

Few rock bands from the 1960s are still going strong today, and fewer still have been as musically adventurous as prog rockers Yes. Formed in London in 1968, the outfit has survived numerous lineup changes, but the death last year of bassist Chris Squire ...

Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

/ Dec 5, 2015

Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

Tokyo, September 1964: A squad of plainclothes police descend on the tony Ginza shopping district and round up hundreds of Japanese youths who had outraged local businesses. Their crime? Loitering in what was then outre style — button-down shirts, skinny ties, suit jackets and ...

Hanzai Japan

/ Dec 5, 2015

Hanzai Japan

Hackneyed writing and plot devices grow like kabi (mold) in crime fiction, but this anthology of 16 stories by writers in and outside Japan serves up tasty surprises. "Jigoku" by Naomi Hirahara is a heartfelt, surefooted tale by a serial killer confined to a ...