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Bear essentials: A forthcoming animated series celebrates Rilakkuma’s lackadaisical ethos in all its glory

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 21:00
Few fictional characters in Japan are as laid-back in their overall approach to life as Rilakkuma.Created by stationery producer San-X in 2003, the brown bear ...

In Cantonese opera, Trump finds his twin brother in China

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 14:57
With the blond wig and red tie, the star of the Cantonese opera in Hong Kong may look familiar.The Chinese actor and singer has the ...

Actress Bibi Andersson of Ingmar Bergman flicks fame dies at 83

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 13:50
Swedish actress Bibi Andersson, best known for her roles in legendary director Ingmar Bergman’s films, died on Sunday aged 83, her daughter, Jenny Grede Dahlstrand, ...

‘Zen: The Art of Simple Living’: Habits, ideas and hints for living a happy life

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 06:55
"Zen: The Art of Simple Living" is a profoundly beautiful work, easy to read, encouraging deep thought and reflection, but most importantly, acting as a ...

‘Contraceptive Diplomacy’ review: Contextualizing women’s rights in the U.S. and Japan

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 06:36
"Contraceptive Diplomacy" by Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci's illuminates the world of Margaret Sanger and Japanese birth control activists such as Shizue Ishimoto, tracing a history that still ...

‘Family Traits’ review: A world of myth and whimsy comes to life

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 06:34
"Family Traits: The Fantastic Bestiary of a Father and his Sons" is a collection of watercolor illustrations by Thomas Romain, a Tokyo-based animator, and his ...

‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ sees return of Emperor Palpatine

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 19:11
The ninth film in the original “Star Wars” saga will be called “The Rise of Skywalker,” and will feature the return of the evil Emperor ...

George Clooney says Bashir toppling not enough for Sudan

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 16:45
Actor and activist George Clooney said Thursday that the fall of Sudan’s veteran strongman, Omar al-Bashir, was not enough and called for the dismantling of ...

Tetsuya Komuro: J-pop inventor’s synth-powered dance tunes set the tone for post-bubble Japan

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 02:31
The term J-pop, a Heisei invention, needed a defining characteristic to make it stand out from the Showa Era's soundtrack, and Komuro provided a synthesizer-powered ...

Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush wins defamation suit against News Corp. over alleged sex assault

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 02:00
Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush won damages of at least 850,000 Australian dollars ($610,000) on Thursday after a court ruled that the Australian arm of News Corp. ...

Kizuna Ai, Kaguya Luna and YouTube sensations: virtual stars, but the same old shtick

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:07
Virtual YouTubers ended up being one of 2018’s biggest cultural surprises.Dozens of animated characters attracted followings on the video-sharing site, led by popular creations such ...

Connan Mockasin finds his Japan groove ahead of his debut gig in his adopted country

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:05
‘Sorry?” splutters Connan Hosford, better known as Connan Mockasin, as his bandmates cackle in the background. “Excuse me … What did you say before?”He’s got ...

Charles Van Doren, figure in game show scandals, dies at 93

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:28
Charles Van Doren, the dashing young academic whose meteoric rise and fall as a corrupt game show contestant in the 1950s inspired the movie “Quiz ...

Morgan Fisher and all the (not so) young dudes of Mott the Hoople join forces again

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 02:00
In early March, 35 people gathered on the first floor of a two-story house in Tokyo to listen to the British keyboard player Morgan Fisher ...

‘Love’s Twisting Path’: An old-school samurai swashbuckler

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 01:59
Now a spry 84, Sadao Nakajima is one of the few directors from Japan’s studio era who is still active. After joining Toei in 1959 ...

‘A Gambler’s Odyssey 2020’: A lot of controversy about nothing

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 01:58
Given the timid, committee-driven nature of modern Japanese film production, it’s rare for anything to make it into the cinemas with even the slightest whiff ...

Lori Loughlin, husband and 14 parents dealt money-laundering charge in college bribery scam

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 12:17
“Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other parents were hit Tuesday with a new money-laundering charge in ...

Tokyo Community Radio: The spirit of pirate radio is reignited in Japan

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 02:00
How to Share With Just FriendsHow to share with just friends. Posted by Facebook on Friday, December 5, 2014 From The Electrifying Mojo in Detroit, ...

Weaving in and out of a century of art

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 01:59
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo's re-opening exhibition is an ambitious exploration of an entire century's worth of art that runs through the majority of ...

‘The Nature Rules: Dreaming of Earth Project’

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 01:58
April 13-July 28Korean artist Jae-Eun Cho’s “Dreaming of Earth Project” — a plan to help protect and preserve the natural environment of the Korean Demilitarized ...

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