A dark, bittersweet childhood becomes a manga masterpiece

Books / Reviews Nov 26, 2016

A dark, bittersweet childhood becomes a manga masterpiece

by Kris Kosaka

"Sunny" is a manga masterpiece. Page by page, it quietly transcends similar slice-of-life comics in its depiction of children in a foster home, their caregivers and estranged parents. Written and illustrated by renowned manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto, this six-volume collection, which won the prestigious ...

The 'Sunny' side of Taiyo Matsumoto

Culture Jun 18, 2013

The 'Sunny' side of Taiyo Matsumoto

by Anne Ishii

The Toronto Comics Arts Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has of late made its name bringing over cutting-edge Japanese artists for signings, live drawing sessions and speaking events. The atmosphere at this year's event, held in May, in many ways like ...

Reader Mail Feb 27, 2011

Pawns of leading-edge 'research'

The front-page Feb. 22 article "Work starts at Shinjuku Unit 731" prompted me to make a few comments as a student of the Chinese language who visited the Biological Warfare Unit 731 site in the Pingfang district of Harbin, China. (The Shinjuku site in Tokyo ...

Reader Mail Jan 6, 2011

No proof seniors drive less safely

The Jan. 3 Kyodo article "Traffic deaths down but not for seniors" reports that, for the first time, half of all victims of fatal traffic accidents in Japan during 2010 were 65 or older. The piece then opines that the imbalance in the distribution ...