Matthew Hernon

For Matthew Hernon's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

Film Mar 27, 2019

Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

'Game of Thrones" star Sean Bean is well-known for dying in almost everything he stars in. If you had to find a Japanese equivalent, though, it would certainly be Kengo Kora. Since his 2006 big-screen debut, the Kumamoto native has featured in around 50 films, ...

Life after 'The Bachelor Japan': The one who got away

TV Feb 6, 2019

Life after 'The Bachelor Japan': The one who got away

Searching for love on the reality TV series "The Bachelor Japan," a record number of women have already applied for the show's third season, set to stream on Amazon Prime Video later this year. Bosses at the paid subscription service will no doubt be ...

Comedian Akira Ohashi 100% reveals his naked ambition

Stage Jan 3, 2019

Comedian Akira Ohashi 100% reveals his naked ambition

His naked tray act may not be to everyone's liking, but Akira Ohashi is too focused on the positives to worry about that. The Saitama-born, 44-year-old comedian, who is better known by his stage name Akira 100%, clearly loves being in the public eye, ...

Beverly Caimen: 'Music is universal and goes beyond languages'

Music Nov 8, 2018

Beverly Caimen: 'Music is universal and goes beyond languages'

When Beverly Caimen moved from the Philippines to Japan in 2016 she was a relative unknown who could barely speak the language. Several months later, however, an unexpected encounter with actor Shun Oguri drastically changed her life. That meeting led to him introducing Beverly, as ...