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The art of play: Japan’s history of fun

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 01:59
"Styles of Play: The History of Merrymaking in Art" at the Suntory Museum of Art delves into various amusements,with over 100 exhibits, ranging from the ...

‘The Summer of Mononoke (Specters): Ghosts and Yokai in Edo Culture’

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 01:58
July 30-Sept. 8During the Edo Period (1603-1868), stories of the supernatural boomed in the entertainment industry. Ghosts often appeared in kabuki plays, while yōkai (spirits ...

‘Sandra Binion: Distille’

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 01:57
July 27-Aug. 18Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist Sandra Binion studied classical ballet and fine art at college before becoming a performance artist during the mid-1970s. She began ...

‘Courage in Transience’

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 01:56
July 27-Sept. 8The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre’s AIR Program, invites artists from different backgrounds to spend approximately three months attending workshops and creating new projects ...

Miyavi is on a mission to change Japan’s tune on refugees

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:36
In his lesser-known role as a refugee advocate, Miyavi, aka the samurai guitarist, asks that people look beyond the headline numbers before declaring Japan unwelcoming ...

Documentary looks back at Mike Wallace, who made ’em squirm

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 16:47
Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ku Klux Klan leader Eldon Edwards. Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Eleanor Roosevelt.If they were famous — or infamous ...

David Hedison, actor in original sci-fi classic ‘The Fly’ and two Bond flicks, dies at 92

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 14:53
David Hedison, who starred in the original sci-fi classic “The Fly” and appeared in two James Bond films, has died. He was 92.A representative from ...

Trump offers to guarantee bail for rapper ASAP Rocky but Sweden has no such release terms

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:30
U.S. President Donald Trump offered Saturday to guarantee the bail of rapper ASAP Rocky, detained in Sweden on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.Trump ...

‘Lion King’ roars as ‘Avengers’ closes in on box office record

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 13:18
The roar of “The Lion King” rattled the cinematic world Sunday as the new Disney film scored a huge debut in North American theaters with ...

Eating king Kobayashi bites back in new documentary

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 04:30
Takeru Kobayashi, the "godfather of competitive eating" recounts how he devoured the American dream, until it chewed him up and spat him out again.

In Marvel’s ‘Phase Four,’ Natalie Portman will be Thor, Angelina Jolie will be an immortal

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 00:01
“Avengers: Endgame” may have closed a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the blockbuster factory is only expanding in scope and diversity.Marvel Studios President ...

Mane attraction: Coastal parts of Fukushima Prefecture have a long-standing love of horses

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 07:00
Hundreds of armor-clad participants on horseback parade through the streets of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, during the Soma Nomaoi festival on a typically blistering hot day ...

‘Night in the American Village’: Touching base with the women of Okinawa

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 06:58
Akemi Johnson's "Night in the American Village" is a meticulously researched volume on the intersection of cultures, the divides of power and gender, and on ...

‘Shadows of Tokyo’: Assassinations, nationalism and intrigue in Taisho Era noir

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 06:36
Matthew Legare's "Shadows of Tokyo" portrays the somber zeitgeist of Japan's capital in 1931, where rightist assassins armed with swords, handguns and bombs stalk key ...

In ‘Indigo Girl,’ family relationships are more nuanced than they first appear

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 06:34
Bicultural teen and manga aficionado Aiko journeys to Japan to meet her biological father for the first time in this sequel to Suzanne Kamata's 2013 ...

Kyoto Animation: A unique force in Japan’s anime industry

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 01:45
It took Kyoto Animation Co. almost 40 years to establish itself as one of the leading animation production studios in the country.Within a matter of ...

Japan jumps into the music stream

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:14
The biggest moment for streaming music in Japan this year came via a handwritten letter. In late June, Kenta Matsumoto of pop-punk trio Wanima shared ...

Massachusetts drops Kevin Spacey sex assault case after alleged victim refuses to testify

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:37
Massachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a criminal case accusing former “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket ...

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:11
When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn’t need to look further than her own industry.The Taiwanese actress ...

Two women named for Japan’s Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:53
Two female novelists were selected Wednesday to receive Japan’s prestigious Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards for their works, one of which depicts stalker-like behavior by ...