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First museum dedicated to Japanese folklore monsters opens near Hiroshima

3 hours 32 min ago
Japan’s first museum of supernatural monsters opened Friday in Hiroshima Prefecture, allowing visitors to get immersed in a strange world of yokai through historical artifacts ...

Okinawa rolls out the red carpet for its annual film festival

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:27
The Okinawa International Movie Festival has never been just about movies — or even Okinawa. Held from April 18 to 22, the 11th edition was ...

Snarky Puppy lets Japanese fans sink their teeth into its new album ‘Immigrance’

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:21
Snarky Puppy is back with a new album, "Immigrance," and is currently on a world tour. Bassist and band-leader Michael League talks to The Japan ...

The Cinematic Orchestra: Absence makes the fans grow fonder

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 02:00
Twelve years since its last studio album, The Cinematic Orchestra released "To Believe" in March. Band-leader Jason Swinscoe talks about his writing process and The ...

‘Lust in a Karaoke Box’: Celebrating the joys of student life

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 01:59
When I taught at colleges here in the 1980s, I marveled at my students’ freedom, including freedom from study. They could spend most of their ...

‘The Wonderland’: Surface-level charm, but no true wonder

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 01:58
‘The Wonderland,” the new film from director Keiichi Hara (“Miss Hokusai”), certainly has the building blocks of something wondrous: a skilled director, top production values, ...

D’oh Canada! Trudeau to be featured in ‘The Simpsons’

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 13:15
“The Simpsons” are returning to Canada in an upcoming episode that will air on Sunday for a storyline that will feature Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.A ...

George Clinton: The godfather of funk’s final visit to Japan

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 04:00
George Clinton has packed a lot of funk into his six-decade career.In the 1970s, the American singer rose to fame with Parliament and Funkadelic, sister ...

First, there was Matsumura Goshun

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:59
The recent focus on the vibrant idiosyncratic works of the Edo Period (1603-1868) eccentric painters has left the achievements more traditional masters in neglect. "Road ...

‘Rut Bryk: Touch of a Butterfly’

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:58
April 27-June 16Finnish artist Rut Bryk (1916-1999) was a pioneer of modern Finnish ceramic art and was particularly well-known for her designs for the ceramics ...

‘Tabaimo: Ghost Running’

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:57
April 27-May 26In 1999, mixed-media artist Tabaimo won the Kirin Contemporary Art Grand Prize award for “Japanese Kitchen,” part of her university graduation project, and ...

‘Oscar Oiwa: Journey to the Light’

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:56
April 27-Aug. 25Based in Tokyo and New York, Oscar Oiwa is a Nikkei Brazilian artist who reinterprets aerial and bird’s-eye views of urban landscapes through ...

End of ‘Avengers’ movies cloaked in high-level Hollywood secrecy, even cast kept in dark

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:40
Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios went to great lengths to keep the plot of the movie “Avengers: Endgame” under wraps until its highly anticipated debut ...

Ichikawa Kagura: Saving the dances of the gods

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 02:00
As performers of Shinto theatrical dance age, the Sanriku International Arts festival hopes to encourage youth to help preserve tradition.

‘Roppongi Crossing’: The right connections

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 01:59
If you’re going to see big cartoon characters in an art gallery, the Mori Art Museum (MAM) is a good place to do it.The museum’s ...

Polanski sues Oscars academy for reinstatement

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 21:33
Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski is suing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, demanding his reinstatement nearly a year after the organization expelled ...

Long-lost Kafka works could emerge after messy legal battle

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 21:32
A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decadelong battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons ...

‘Japan’ by Jeff Kingston: Taking stock of a country in a time of transition and change

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 06:54
Jeff Kingston's "Japan," is a concise, highly readable overview of Japan's political evolution from 1945 to the present, observed from an overarching historical perspective.

Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon: Two pioneering women in Japanese literature

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 06:34
The Works by Japanese Women series wraps up by examining the various English translations of two of Japan's greatest works of literature, both penned by ...

‘Yuzu-mania’ hits Sendai as design for new Hanyu monument unveiled

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:09
Reigning Olympic and former world champion Yuzuru Hanyu delighted fans on Saturday by taking part in a ceremony in his hometown of Sendai to unveil ...