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Backlash, questions follow dismissal of Jussie Smollett case as prosecutors insist he faked assault

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 13:41
Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The “Empire” ...

Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 03:00
‘Game of Thrones” star Sean Bean is well-known for dying in almost everything he stars in. If you had to find a Japanese equivalent, though, ...

‘Marriage Hunting Beauty’: When dating dilemmas fail to excite

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 02:59
Last year veteran director Akiko Ohku had a breakthrough hit with “Tremble All You Want,” a romantic com edy about a 24-year-old office clerk still ...

Suchmos’ ‘The Anymal’ aims high but misses the mark

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 02:58
Of all the acts to emerge during the recent city pop revival, when the funk-inflected AOR of early-1980s Japan seemed to be coming back in ...

Chicago mayor slams ‘whitewash’ as prosecutors drop criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 13:30
Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, an astonishing reversal that the “Empire” actor called vindication, but that the Chicago mayor angrily dismissed ...

Michiyo Yagi pushes the boundaries of traditional music with her koto playing

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 02:30
I’m sitting in Koen-Dori Classics, a darkened club in the basement of a church on Koen-dori, in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. The audience is small, seated ...

Japanese artisanship: As real as it can get

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 02:29
From perfect replicas of fruit to tiny articulated dragons, Japan's ceramic, metal, wood and other craft industries excel at making decorative items that are so ...

‘Weavers of Worlds: A Century of Flux in Japanese Modern/Contemporary Art’

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 02:28
March 29-June 16The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) is re-opening after almost three years of renovation work. To celebrate, it has selected some of ...

‘National Treasures of To-ji Temple: Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala’

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 02:27
March 26-June 2When the capital of Japan was named Kyoto in 794, Toji temple was founded as a state-sponsored institution in order to provide divine ...

‘Hasegawa Tohaku and Suiboku-ga’

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 02:26
April 5-June 2Suiboku-ga (Japanese ink painting) developed from a technique brought to Japan from China during the 14th century. It later became an established Japanese ...

Actor Michael Madsen of ‘Kill Bill’ fame accused of driving under the influence

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 16:36
Police have arrested actor Michael Madsen after they say he was stopped while driving under the influence.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Madsen was ...

Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller urges mass-telepathy against Brexit

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 14:05
Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller wants to bend British Prime Minister Theresa May’s will against Brexit using mass-telepathy.From his home in Israel, Geller — who is ...

An impeccable new biography of Richard Sorge, one of Russia’s master spies

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:54
Soviet spy Richard Sorge's story remains largely unknown to the Western world, but that's about to change with the publication of a remarkable new biography, ...

William Gibson’s ‘Idoru’: Tokyo sci-fi becomes full-blown reality

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:36
Satirical yet eerily plausible, William Gibson's "Idoru" is a complex sci-fi novel set in post-quake Tokyo that addresses the often negative impacts technology has on ...

Yusuke Kimura’s ‘Sacred Cesium Ground and Isa’s Deluge’: Tohoku refuses to be silenced

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:34
In Yusuke Kimura's two novellas, "Sacred Cesium Ground" and "Isa's Deluge," the aftermath of the 3/11 disaster plays out across two stories exploring the post-disaster ...

Haruki Murakami: Writing in parallel universe, connecting with a global readership

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 03:02
In Japan, it was the runaway best-seller status of "Norwegian Wood" (1987), his wistful tale of crushed innocence and young love that sold more than ...

K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrested for filming and sharing sex videos

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 21:24
K-pop star Jung Joon-young has been arrested, hours after he apologized for filming and distributing illicit sex videos, in a scandal that has rocked South ...

Tower Records goes all in on the vinyl trend with its new store, Tower Vinyl

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 23:38
Last year proved to be a pivotal one for streaming music in Japan. According to a report by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, 2018 ...

A new lease of life for Macoto Tezka’s cult classic ‘The Legend of the Stardust Brothers’

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 23:28
Like so many authors of cult movies, Macoto Tezka didn’t set out to make a commercial bomb. His debut feature, “The Legend of the Stardust ...

U.S. film tells story of Japanese boat exposed to 1954 nuclear test

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:30
For many Americans, the story of the Japanese fishing crew that was exposed to a U.S. hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean 65 years ...

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