Going East

A visitor worries that conservatism is stifling innovation in Japan, once home of the crazy gadget

Why Matter Really Matters

Firing neutrons under Japan may explain why the universe exists

Magical Mystery Tour de Force

A British production of a Japanese work, Shun-kin is a near-perfect triumph

Serious Music for Serious Times

There is an extraordinary fit between Japanese musical tastes and German Lieder

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"