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‘Isako Isako’: No punches pulled when confronting internment

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 06:36
Mia Ayumi Malhotra's collection of poetry, "Isako Isako," is a carefully controlled whirlwind of ideas and impressions that reminds us that the scars laid down ...

Toshiki Okada’s ‘The End of the Moment We Had’ explores the plague of modern ennui in Japan

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 06:34
In two short stories, "The End of the Moment We Had" and "My Place in Plural" Okada excels at describing the great indifference that marks ...

Bishop apologizes to Ariana Grande for joke and how he touched her onstage during Aretha Franklin’s funeral

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 21:24
The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin’s funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her ...

‘Voice of a generation’: Aretha Franklin celebrated at Queen of Soul’s funeral

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 17:42
A Detroit church swelled with the sound of gospel music on Friday as family, friends and fans of Aretha Franklin bid a rousing farewell to ...

Speculative fiction or prophetic prose? Novel imagines a U.S.-North Korea nuclear conflict

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 02:56
Jeffrey Lewis' speculative novel, "The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States," takes the form of a 9/11 Commission-style ...

Judge denies effort by Alex Jones to dismiss Sandy Hook lawsuit

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 17:41
A judge has denied conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ request to dismiss a lawsuit surrounding the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that he has called ...

French actor Gerard Depardieu faces rape probe, denies wrongdoing

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:57
Gerard Depardieu is being investigated by the Paris prosecutor over accusations of rape and sexual assault, a judicial source said — though the French actor ...

It’ll take more than Ayumi Hamasaki to help streaming services in Japan

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 23:44
Ayumi Hamasaki has seen better days as a J-pop superstar, but she still carries some clout. So it should have been noteworthy that her newest ...

Minyo Crusaders sing a song from every corner of Japan

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 23:39
A muffled bass line is soon matched by Katsumi Tanaka’s staccato electric guitar riff loosely emulating a shamisen. Congas and timbales start grooving in the ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ draws immigrant parents to the movies

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 22:27
When “Crazy Rich Asians” surpassed expectations and grabbed the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, the film also pulled off another ...

British rockers Reef make a revelatory return

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 03:00
The thriving British music scene of the mid-1990s was awash with techno, Britpop and newer genres like jungle and trip-hop. When Reef burst onto the ...

‘The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan’: It’s never too late to make your move

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 02:59
Chess pops up in a surprising number of feature films. Just look at all the documentaries and dramas about the outrageously gifted Bobby Fischer. Shogi, ...

‘And Your Bird Can Sing’: A vague take on the complexities of youth

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 02:58
The work of the late novelist Yasushi Sato, who took his own life in 1990, has been enjoying a minor cinematic renaissance over the past ...

Retiring star Namie Amuro’s DVD hits stores after securing 1.1 million pre-orders

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 02:53
With about half a month left before the Sept. 16 retirement of pop singer Namie Amuro, a video recording of her last tour, both on ...

Dolled-up diva in gold casket as fans mourn Aretha Franklin at gospel-infused public viewing

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:19
The regal presence Aretha Franklin exuded in life was captured at her viewing on Tuesday, with the late Queen of Soul in a gold-plated casket ...

The Louvre has a new seat of power

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 04:00
Kohei Nawa talks about his 3-ton golden "Throne," which takes a seat of honor at the Louvre as one of the works for Japonismes 2018, ...

An education in modernist art teaching

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 03:59
The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto surveys German, Japanese and Indian Bauhaus developments as part of a wider collation of international exhibitions and research in ...

‘Zen and the Art of Cultural Exchange: An Invitation to Calligraphy and Ink Painting’

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 03:58
Sept. 1-Oct. 8Zen monks in China and Japan developed strong relationships during the Middle Ages as they traveled between the two countries via merchant ships. ...

‘Tadanori Yokoo: The Complete Drawings for Genka by Jakucho Setouchi 1974-1975’

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 03:57
Sept. 5-Oct. 20Between 1974 and ’75, Tadanori Yokoo, an artist and graphic designer renowned for colorful and eccentric paintings and designs, was commissioned to produce ...

‘Gotairei in Kyoto: The Elegant Court Culture of Enthronements and Grand Harvest Festivals’

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 03:56
Sept. 1-Oct. 8As Japan celebrates the 150th anniversary since the Meiji Restoration (1868), it also faces its final year of the Heisei Era (1989-), with ...

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