Kotaro Sawaki: Writer on the road of life

| Jul 1, 2007

Kotaro Sawaki: Writer on the road of life

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Kotaro Sawaki is one of the most popular nonfiction writers in Japan. He made his name with "Shinya Tokkyu (Midnight Express)," a reportage of a yearlong overland trip through Asia and Europe he took when he was in his mid-20s. Those stories — whose ...

Thinking beyond the brain

| Jun 3, 2007

Thinking beyond the brain

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Kenichiro Mogi would be the ideal person to find sitting next to you at a dinner party, or one bleary post-sake morning over breakfast in a Japanese mountain inn. As a celebrity neuroscientist with a doctorate in physics from the University of Tokyo, and with ...

| Feb 4, 2007

Princess Tenko: conjuror of pure mystery

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The life of illusionist Tenko Hikita -- better known as Princess Tenko -- is veiled in mystery. Born and raised in what she will only identify as a "snow-deep city in Japan," Hikita will not disclose her real name or birth year because, she says, of "various contractual conditions.'' Those ...

Joi Ito: Master of multitasking

| Nov 5, 2006

Joi Ito: Master of multitasking

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Joichi Ito, better known as Joi Ito, defies any one simple label. Japanese-born, he is U.S.-educated, and as a result is both bicultural and perfectly bilingual. Although he is a highly successful free-market venture capitalist, he is also a fervent advocate of social democracy and ...

Hisashi Inoue: Crusader with a pen

| Oct 1, 2006

Hisashi Inoue: Crusader with a pen

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So wide-ranging are 71-year-old Hisashi Inoue's talents and activities that it is difficult to know which to focus on at the expense of others. Inoue not only writes plays regularly for numerous theaters in Japan, but his own Komatsu-za company that he founded in 1983, ...

Shu Uemura: A life in pursuit of beauty

| Aug 6, 2006

Shu Uemura: A life in pursuit of beauty

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Hailing from a conservative family of businessmen and bankers, as a young man in occupied Japan, Shu Uemura dreamed of becoming an actor. But, fearing that his weak constitution would hamper his chances of success, he instead enrolled at Tokyo Beauty Academy -- the ...

How shall we dance?

| Jun 4, 2006

How shall we dance?

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This summer, the movie that shot Johnny Depp to Hollywood stardom, Tim Burton's 1990 fantasy "Edward Scissorhands," comes to Japan as a live dance stage created and directed by Matthew Bourne. Following its November 2005 London premier, a U.K. tour of the production played to ...