Katherine Whatley

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

Morioka: Crafts, poetry and Tohoku’s bleak nature

Travel Feb 22, 2019

Morioka: Crafts, poetry and Tohoku’s bleak nature

Though Kenji Miyazawa was little-known in his lifetime, since his death he has been heralded as one of the most important Japanese poets of the early 20th century and one of Iwate Prefecture's most treasured sons. Miyazawa lived in and around Morioka for much ...

Hikaru Uzawa blends old and new to add vitality to the world of noh

Stage Feb 19, 2019

Hikaru Uzawa blends old and new to add vitality to the world of noh

Hikaru Uzawa is a noh performer who marries her work within the traditional confines of the art form with performing in contemporary pieces internationally, bringing freshness to the traditional world of noh. Uzawa, 39, comes from a long line of noh performers. Her mother, Hisa ...

Crossing 70 years of Katsushika Hokusai

Art Feb 12, 2019

Crossing 70 years of Katsushika Hokusai

Featuring an astounding 480 prints, spanning the entire 70 years of Katushika Hokusai's career, the new Hokusai exhibition at the Mori Arts Center Gallery is a great overview for ukiyo-e fans.

Ned Rothenberg: Crossing the Pacific with bamboo flute in hand

Music Nov 27, 2018

Ned Rothenberg: Crossing the Pacific with bamboo flute in hand

Composer and performer Ned Rothenberg has spent his career traversing different musical worlds. He has worked extensively as both a composer and performer in the jazz and improvisation scenes, playing alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute. Rothenberg, 62, has ...

Discovering Kyoto through the eyes of Genji

Travel Nov 23, 2018

Discovering Kyoto through the eyes of Genji

At the height of the splendor of the Heian Period (794-1185), lady-in-waiting to the Imperial Court, Murasaki Shikibu, wrote "The Tale of Genji," the story of imperial officer Hikaru Genji falling in and out of love with his various suitors. After centuries of war, ...