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Illustrious historical figures swoop in to save Japan amid the COVID-19 pandemic in “What If Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa Was to Become the Prime Minister.”
Jul 18, 2024
‘What If Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa Was to Become the Prime Minister’: A historical dream team underperforms
Esteemed figures from Japan’s past are digitally reincarnated to lead the country through a time of crisis in Hideki Takeuchi’s flat-footed comedy.
In “A Gentleman from Japan,” Thomas Lockley lays out the history of English exploration around the globe during the 16th century, delving into the life of the first recorded Japanese person to set foot in the United Kingdom, the United States and South America.
Jun 2, 2024
'A Gentleman from Japan': A journey of firsts in the age of exploration
Written in fast, novelistic prose, Thomas Lockley uses the thread of one Japanese man’s experience to guide his readers into a complex world of suspicion and danger.
In addition to directing “Kubi,” Takeshi Kitano (second from left) plays Oda Nobunaga’s successor, Hashiba (later Toyotomi) Hideyoshi, in the blood-soaked period film.
Nov 23, 2023
Takeshi Kitano still has a head for provocation
The “Kubi” director doesn’t shy away from causing a commotion, whether it’s in public or in his latest film about a pivotal moment in Japan’s history.
Ryo Kase (top center) gives an audacious performance as warlord Oda Nobunaga in “Kubi.”
Nov 23, 2023
Takeshi Kitano’s ‘Kubi’ cuts great men of history down to size
The blood-drenched period epic offers a queer retelling of the 1582 Honnoji Incident with a ruthless and sadistic Oda Nobunaga at its center.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2023
What makes a good priest — good looks or a knack for violence?
It was a time when the temples owned great tracts of land. The priests who managed them were armed and pugnacious, ready to defend and possibly extend.
Japan Times
Jan 26, 2023
‘The Legend & Butterfly’: A political romance gets a fresh spin
Haruka Ayase dominates the screen as the wife of Oda Nobunaga in a heavily fictionalized telling of the couple's relationship amid the warlord's quest to unify Japan.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Apr 28, 2021
African samurai earns hero status in new anime ‘Yasuke’
Director LeSean Thomas brings the story of Yasuke, a real-life black samurai, to Netflix as 'a new kind of anime action hero.”
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2020
‘The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives’: Personal stories present a fresh perspective on Japan
Christopher Harding scales Japan's history down to the level of the individual with portraits of the eminent as well as the overlooked.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2019
'African Samurai': The story of Yasuke — black samurai and warlord's confidant
The epic tale of Yasuke, Japan's first foreign-born samurai has hit bookshelves, giving readers a comprehensive picture of a man who witnessed great moments of history, but whose story has largely been overlooked in official accounts.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2018
Philippines honors Japan's Christian feudal warlord Takayama Ukon
The Philippines on Friday honored Takayama Ukon, a Japanese feudal warlord who was exiled to the Southeast Asian country 404 years ago because he was Christian.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2018
Japan's gods: More benevolent than fearsome
The most violent episode in Japanese mythology is the rampage through the Sun Goddess' rice fields by her unruly brother Susano'o, the Storm God.
Japan Times
Feb 14, 2017
'The Exhibition of The Sengoku Period: A Century of Dreams'
Feb. 25-April 16
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Jan 25, 2017
'Honnouji Hotel': Drama on the wrong side of history
Is Haruka Ayase the Japanese version of Anne Hathaway? In everything from their perky public personas and sterling work ethic to their toothy smiles and flawless complexions, the two stars symbolize a type of good-girl perfection. And yet they also rub some imperfect types the wrong way, though Hathaway...
Japan Times
May 14, 2016
'Spectacular Accumulation' explains three warlords' obsession with objects
In "Spectacular Accumulation" Morgan Pitelka relates the thrilling interactions between three "unifiers" of Japan in the tumultuous decades of the late 16th century and early 17th century. This trio of warlords includes the bloodthirsty Oda Nobunaga, the vainglorious Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu...
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2015
Same-sex marriages? Japan's been there, done that, kind of
Japan may come off to the outsider as a repressive society, but on homosexuality, the country has consistently been fairly liberal and permissive.
Jun 22, 2015
Christian warlord Takayama Ukon to be beatified
The Vatican has agreed to recognize Takayama Ukon, one of Japan's best-known Christian warlords, as beatus or "blessed," the stage before being declared a saint, Vatican sources said.
Jun 28, 2014
When a physical wasteland bred a moral wasteland
He lived by fire and he died by fire. He was vile — coldblooded, amoral, ruthless. He was the man his time called for, and the man his time called forth — a vile time, by most standards. Its name is Sengoku Jidai, a period of prolonged civil war. Oda Nobunaga (1534-82) is its most representative...
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2014
This special Horse Year kabuki's a real winner
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2013
Small is beautiful in a Kanazawa garden
It is always heartwarming to come across a historical preservation area where people actually live and go about their daily lives. Such is Nagamachi, one of several older districts of Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast.
Oct 11, 2009
Fake names were to the fore in many a rise from humblest to highest
Here's a beguiling irony: Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-98), architect of Tokugawa Japan's rigid class structure and the author, in 1587, of a firm ban (not firmly enforced) on surnames for commoners, was himself born without a surname.


Akiko Trush says her experience with the neurological disorder dystonia left her feeling like she wanted to chop her own hand off.
The neurological disorder that 'kills culture'