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Daisuke Murakami pulls out of NHK Trophy with pneumonia

Figure Skating Nov 6, 2017

Daisuke Murakami pulls out of NHK Trophy with pneumonia

Figure skater Daisuke Murakami has withdrawn from the upcoming NHK Trophy due to pneumonia, the Japan Skating Federation said Monday. Murakami, who was scheduled to compete in the men's field alongside Sochi Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Yuzuru Hanyu, as well as Hiroaki ...

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

Books Sep 26, 2015

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

by Kris Kosaka

Kansuke Naka's childhood memoir, "The Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan," is a charming depiction of life in Meiji Era (1868-1912) Japan. Its enduring status as one of Japan's most-loved accounts of life in Tokyo at the beginning of the 20th century is ...

Searching to define difficult, elusive concept

Books / Reviews Sep 7, 2013

Searching to define difficult, elusive concept

by David Burleigh

The title of this book is exquisite, while the cover illustration is of something else, different yet just as exquisite. This is appropriate because the aesthetic concept that the book considers is not just beautiful, but elusive and difficult to define. SNOW IN A SILVER ...

Revealing the many masks of Mishima

Books / Reviews May 5, 2013

Revealing the many masks of Mishima

by Paul Mccarthy

This is a whale of a book — both unusually massive and extremely informative and stimulating. The title means "mask" in Latin and is probably an allusion to Yukio Mishima's first full-length novel, "Confessions of a Mask," published in Japan in 1949 and translated ...