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‘The Bridge Over the River Kwai’ explores the cultural pride and folly of the Asia-Pacific War

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 06:36
A war between nations is innately a clash of cultures. Pierre Boulle’s best-selling novel “The Bridge Over the River Kwai,” first published in English in ...

‘Ms Ice Sandwich’: Lonely and obsessive, a boy comes of age

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 06:34
Despite being prominent in Japan as an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer and singer-songwriter, “Ms Ice Sandwich” is Mieko Kawakami’s first book to be translated into English. ...

Schwarzenegger wakes from heart surgery, declares: ‘I’m back!’

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 04:07
Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger is in stable condition after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery, his representatives said Friday, adding that his first words upon waking ...

Top advertisers dump right-wing Fox host Laura Ingraham after her Parkland ‘mudsling’

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 17:13
Some big-name advertisers are dropping Fox News personality Laura Ingraham after she criticized one of the Florida school shooting victims on social media.Ingraham, a right-wing ...

Trump calls Roseanne Barr, cheers ratings after her rebooted show’s debut

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:11
President Donald Trump reached out to Roseanne Barr to congratulate her after the debut of her ABC sitcom reboot drew 18.4 million viewers.Speaking by telephone ...

Photos highlight the everyday lives of prisoners in Japan

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 02:12
A week-long photo exhibition being held next month will aim to shed light on the everyday lives of inmates of Japanese prisons and promote public ...

The anime industry readies for another gold rush

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 00:39
If you didn’t already know that the anime industry was in the middle of a boom, a quick look around the trade fair AnimeJapan would ...

Kiyoshi Koyama: A life lived with jazz

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 00:30
‘I have lived a life alongside jazz,” says Kiyoshi Koyama, jazz critic, journalist and radio host. This is apparent on a recent visit to his ...

‘Roseanne’ returns to ABC with monster TV ratings and timely Trump era topics

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 17:19
“Roseanne,” the 1990s television comedy about a working-class American family, scored monster ratings on its return to ABC after 20 years, attracting more than 18 ...

Casting director Ko Iwagami plays matchmaker in Hollywood

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 03:25
It was Ko Iwagami’s love for American cinema, and “Indiana Jones” in particular, that took him to the United States. Now a successful casting director, ...

‘Eriko, Pretended’: Fake tears fuel a tale of self-discovery

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 03:24
People who secretly fear they are phonies when in actuality they aren’t are said to suffer from “imposter syndrome.” The title heroine of Akiyo Fujimura’s ...

‘Sakana Zukan’: Sakanaction excels when it wades through shallow territory

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 03:23
Now that Spotify playlists have supplanted albums as the preferred method of consuming an artist’s work, the concept of greatest-hits compilations feels both prescient and ...

The legacy of a Japanese Romeo in Thailand

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:20
Just as any country that experienced the devastating effects of war, Thailand, which was involved in both world wars, has its share of bestseller novels ...

Michiko Kon: Mistress of the dark

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:19
The abominable beauty of Michiko Kon’s work is back.In the early 1990s Kon was one of the first female photographic artists from Japan to achieve ...

You too can grace the stage at Suntory Hall

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:18
Concert halls aren’t just venues to enjoy music, they’re landmarks. And among the many scattered around Tokyo, Suntory Hall has had the distinction of being ...

‘Adachi Museum of Art Collection: Famous Japanese Paintings by Yokoyama Taikan and Other Modern Era Artists’

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:17
April 7-May 20Fifty five modern nihonga (Japanese-style) masterpieces have been brought together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958), one of the leading ...

‘Dyeing Textiles of Samiro Yunoki: Patterns and Colors’

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:16
April 3-June 24Tokyo-born artisan Samiro Yunoki first began to pursue the art of textile dyeing after being inspired by the ideologies of Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), ...

‘Shigeo Arai: Poems of Life’

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:15
April 14-July 1Early in his artistic career, the acclaimed Shigeo Arai mostly painted flowers and birds in oils. By the mid 1980s, however, his style ...

Japan’s Eiko Kadono, author of ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service,’ wins Hans Christian Andersen Award

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 23:44
Children’s author Eiko Kadono has won the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for writing.An official of the Switzerland-based International Board on Books for Young People ...

Stormy Daniels interview draws most ’60 Minutes’ viewers in decade: Nielsen

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:20
An adult film star’s account of her alleged sexual dalliance with President Donald Trump drew the highest ratings in 10 years for CBS’s “60 Minutes,” ...

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