Mariko Nagai

For Mariko Nagai's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Remembering the forgotten woman of Japanese modernism

/ Nov 12, 2016

Remembering the forgotten woman of Japanese modernism

Chika Sagawa is an anomaly in the history of Japanese poetry. Born in Hokkaido as Aiko Kawasaki in 1911, she became one of Japan's first modernist poets, refusing to use the traditional poetic forms of tanka and haiku. The nation was changing in the ...

Krys Lee: becoming North Korean and entering 'elsewhere'

/ Oct 8, 2016

Krys Lee: becoming North Korean and entering 'elsewhere'

Born in South Korea, raised in America, educated in England and equally comfortable speaking Korean or English, novelist Krys Lee has trouble pinpointing her "home." She is now based in Seoul, where her world is "intimate yet alienated," but when she returns to her ...