Posts Tagged ‘Kamakura’

East Meets West – The Marriage Of German Ballerina Hedi Wekel and Japanese Cellist Yukichi Koh

November 5, 2012 1 comment

Hedi Koh (born Hedwig Wekel) (1909 – 2012)

Hedi Koh who had died aged 103 was born on the 20th February 1909 as Hedwig Wekel in Leipzig. She was a highly talented ballerina, nearly 19 years old, at the Leipzig opera when she met Yukichi Koh. He was the first Japanese man she had ever seen and she was surprised at this good looking, beautiful man. Till then she had only known Japanese faces from Japanese Ukiyo e, woodcut prints and had formed some strange perceptions about the appearance of Japanese people, expecting them to be yellow skinned and Read more…

Interview: Anthony Laurent – NYPD Detective Smith In “Hotel Chelsea” – A Film By Hiro Masuda

December 23, 2011 19 comments

“It is a memory that will stay with me all my life!” (Anthony Laurent on his first visit to Japan)

Back in October (2011), Diverse Japan was delighted to have been given the opportunity to interview Hiro Masuda, writer and producer of the suspense/horror film Hotel Chelsea (Read interview here). We are very honoured to follow this up with an equally enthralling interview with the film’s leading male actor Anthony Laurent who plays NYPD Detective Smith.

Laurent is an actor with a passion for his craft which is evident in the numerous roles he has played in theater, film and television, including several appearances in the hugely popular American TV series Read more…