'Tokyo: A Biography': Tracing the life of a city

Books / Reviews Mar 25, 2017

'Tokyo: A Biography': Tracing the life of a city

by Julian Worrall

Cities are intrinsically inviting subjects for a writer. Part human, part natural; arena of history and mantelpiece of memory — cities provide the setting for the archetypal encounter of the individual with the masses. Tokyo: A Biography, by Stephen Mansfield. 208 pages TUTTLE, Nonfiction. With its conjunction of ...

Business Jul 24, 2014

GM issues six more safety recalls

General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles. The latest recalls cover nearly 823,000 cars, trucks and SUVs mostly in North America but including a small number of exports. The largest is for ...

Music / CD Reviews Apr 18, 2013

Kis-My-Ft2 "Good Ikuze!" (Avex Trax)

by Patrick ST. Michel

Odds are, Japan Times reader, that you do not like Kis-My-Ft2. Maybe you've been unable to escape the bleating "Wanna Beeee!!!" while out strolling in Shibuya, or maybe they lost you at, "From the people who brought you SMAP and Arashi!" So this review ...

'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

Film / Reviews Feb 1, 2013

'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

by Kaori Shoji

To describe "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" as a foodie film is akin to picking an English rose and calling it a flower. This documentary by New York-based David Gelb is at once a celebration of one of the world's most popular and coveted meals, ...

'Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>'

Music Jan 23, 2013

“Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>”

by Patrick ST. Michel

My Japan Times colleague Ian Martin nailed the state of Japanese pop music when he wrote that it was "clinging on to the hoary old remains of the past." The Oricon Chart's top albums of 2012 list was dominated by "Best Of" compilations, with ...