Matthew Hernon

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

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 ...

'Yokohama Burning': Destruction, massacre and tornadoes of fire

Books Sep 1, 2018

'Yokohama Burning': Destruction, massacre and tornadoes of fire

One of the most fascinating and controversial books about the Great Kanto Earthquake is Joshua Hammer's 2006 release "Yokohama Burning," in which the former bureau chief for Newsweek magazine suggests a link between the national response to the 1923 disaster and Japan's descent into ...

Casting director Ko Iwagami plays matchmaker in Hollywood

Film Mar 28, 2018

Casting director Ko Iwagami plays matchmaker in Hollywood

It was Ko Iwagami's love for American cinema, and "Indiana Jones" in particular, that took him to the United States. Now a successful casting director, he understands that Hollywood isn't always so kind. "After watching 'The Last Samurai,' I thought I could be like Ken ...