Katherine Whatley

For Katherine Whatley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

A cloven landscape, a cloven tree, a cloven self

Jan 4, 2018

A cloven landscape, a cloven tree, a cloven self

On a recent trip to Tohoku, photographer Naoya Hatakeyama took a picture of a tree. It wasn't a particularly remarkable tree, but it caught his attention all the same. In Hatakeyama's photo the tree stands in the middle distance, right in the center of the ...

Here comes the sun: Recommended hatsuhinode spots

Dec 29, 2017

Here comes the sun: Recommended hatsuhinode spots

The first sunrise of the new year represents a chance for a new beginning and so it's hardly surprising that some once viewed the first rays of the sun on Jan. 1 with special reverence. It was believed to be the moment that Toshigami, ...