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Riusuke Fukahori: Seeing oneself on the other side of the water’s surface

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:57
Though Riusuke Fukahori is now so famous that his name is almost synonymous with goldfish both in Japan and overseas, he didn't always have the ...

How Japan’s modern literature came under Nietzsche’s spell

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:38
To truly understand some of 20th-century Japan's most iconic literary works, you have to go back to ancient Greek tragedy and the "Dionysian" philosophy of ...

‘Mishima: A Vision of the Void’: Remembering a literary giant as he would have wanted

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:36
Marguerite Yourcenar's literary biography of Yukio Mishima delves into the enigmatic author as well as the social conditions that shaped his rise and fall.

‘Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan’: A nuanced take on the status of women in Japan

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:34
Gill Steel's "Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan" fills in some of the gaps in previous research into the status of women in Japan, including ...

Ep. 10 ‘The Boy That Gets Treated’

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 22:37
After last week’s barn-burner of an episode, we needed a little bit of a breather. There are still plenty moments of joy this week, but ...

Virtual influencer Liam Nikuro brings Japanese pop culture to the fore

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 20:01
Liam Nikuro, a 21-year-old Japanese-American virtual social media influencer, lives out a jet-setting life between Tokyo and Los Angeles for all to watch online as ...

Bandwagon builds for LGBTQ diversity on children’s TV

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 14:37
Wilson Cruz, a co-star in the new Hulu animated children’s series “The Bravest Knight,” describes the show’s dad couple this way: “We’re not explaining homosexuality, ...

Towering Broadway director and producer Hal Prince dead at 91

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:02
Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Cabaret,” ...

Fuji Rock ’19: Janelle Monae, Vince Staples and Khruangbin lift soggy spirits

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:16
As the Green Stage went dark for Sia’s Saturday night performance at this year’s Fuji Rock, the downpour that had started around noon had already ...

Fuji Rock ’19: The ‘international’ festival gets more worldly

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:15
On the Thursday night before the Fuji Rock Festival begins in earnest, part of the festival site is open to everyone free of charge.

‘Into the Spider-Verse’ director Peter Ramsey extols the virtues of a good bit of animation

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:14
Earlier this year, filmmaker Peter Ramsey’s name flashed into the collective consciousness when “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the Academy Award for best animated feature, ...

‘Melancholic’: When cleaning the tub brings dirtier jobs

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:13
Almost every year at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) at least one film by a new Japanese director gets talked up by visiting programmers, ...

‘Hikaru Utada Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018’: A Netflix offering that nails the live experience

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:12
Japanese pop star Hikaru Utada’s 2018 “Laughter in the Dark Tour” marked her first jaunt around the country in 12 years. The seven-city tour became ...

Lebanon cancels gig by gay-friendly band for fear of ‘bloodshed’

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:48
A top Lebanese music festival Tuesday canceled for security reasons a concert by a band accused of offending Christians, in a move activists decried as ...

U.S. presidential envoy sent to Sweden for A$AP Rocky’s trial

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 13:31
American rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to assault as his trial in Sweden opened Tuesday, a month after a street fight that landed him ...

Diving into the world of political performance at Aichi Triennale

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 02:00
The political function of art is a perennial question in the field of aesthetics. In classical Athens, Plato argued that art as a form of ...

Joan Miro and his ‘assassination’ of painting

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 01:59
In 1927, Joan Miro (1893-1983) claimed he wanted to "assassinate" painting. Eventually he hit upon a means of doing it — sculpture.

‘Reborn-Art Festival 2019’

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 01:58
Aug. 3-Sept. 29First held in 2017, the Reborn-Art Festival aims to aid the revival of regions and communities in Miyagi Prefecture that were devastated by ...

‘Tokyo 2021’

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 01:57
Aug. 3-Oct. 20Organized by Toda Corp., “Tokyo 2021” takes place in the construction company’s Toda Building headquarters before preparations to rebuild it into a skyscraper ...

‘Legendary Kyoto Painting From Maruyama Okyo to the Modern Era’

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 01:56
Aug. 3-Sept. 29Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795) was highly acclaimed for realistic depictions of flowers, birds and animals, and well-known as a influential mentor to later Japanese-style ...