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‘Phantasmagoric: Hokusai’s Water Wonderland’

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 03:12
April 24-June 10Perhaps inspired by the river in Sumida, Tokyo, where he was born, Katsushika Hokusai is renowned for his dynamic expressions of water, for ...

‘Ay Tjoe Christine: Spirituality and Allegory’

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 03:11
April 28-Aug. 19As a student, Indonesian artist Ay Tjoe Christine studied various art techniques, including drypoint and intaglio printing, and began her career as a ...

Singer Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Trump

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:24
Singer Shania Twain has apologized for saying if she were American she would have voted for Donald Trump for president, even though he’s offensive.Twain made ...

Autopsies find nothing suspicious in DJ Avicii’s death in Oman

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 17:02
Sweden’s public broadcaster says police in Oman have conducted two autopsies on the body of Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ Avicii, who died Friday at age ...

Japan’s pop culture and literature drive soft power

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 00:32
Anime, manga and Haruki Murakami may form an unlikely trinity, but outside of Japan they're responsible for filling Japanese Studies departments and sprawling convention halls ...

Ian Buruma’s ‘A Tokyo Romance’ captures the beating heart of avant-garde Japan

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:38
Landing in the Japanese capital in 1975 was a bit of a shock. "The crowds, the noise, the visual excess" — everything seemed over-the-top.

‘As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams’ brings to life the lucid prose of the Sarashina Nikki

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:36
The "Sarashina Nikki" is a classic of Japanese literature. The life of the narrator, one spent largely turned away from the world, is revealed in ...

‘Hiroshima Boy’: Mas Arai takes a well-deserved bow in the saga’s final mystery

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:34
Masao "Mas" Arai, a humble gardener from Southern California, is a righteous dude. Carrying the ashes of his lifelong friend and fellow hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) ...

Dance music superstar Avicii dies at 28

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 02:12
Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who helped usher in the global boom in electronic music but struggled to cope with the hard-partying ...

Minnesota prosecutor says after two-year probe, no charges will be brought in connection with pop star Prince’s death

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 22:45
Two years after pop icon Prince died of an overdose, prosecutors said Thursday they will not file any criminal charges and announced a settlement with ...

Shizuoka stage festival aims to engage its audiences the old-fashioned way

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:23
This hasn’t been a great year for social media. Internet addiction has been a hot topic, as have privacy issues, and there has even been ...

BTS is big, let’s hope the hype helps other Asian acts

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 00:49
Earlier this month, an album sung mainly in Japanese landed on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart at No. 43. That’s a rare accomplishment for ...

Yuki Kimura may have struck out on ‘The Bachelor Japan,’ but she won the people’s rose

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:44
On the first episode of the reality dating series “The Bachelor Japan,” 25 women took turns stepping out of a limousine, walking down a red ...

Bill Cosby’s star witness says accuser spoke of plot to frame famed comedian

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:27
The chief accuser at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005, a key ...

Saudis screen ‘Black Panther’ to mark kingdom’s cinema opening

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:47
Saudi Arabia held a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom, and ...

Koshiro Hino’s ‘Geist’ summons spirits with sound and light

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:10
Despite being a fraction of the size of Tokyo, Osaka boasts a long history of underground music that pushes boundaries.The tradition is being kept alive ...

‘Inuyashiki’: It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s salaryman!

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:09
Fantasizing about instantly acquiring superpowers is something you do as a kid — or when you’re late for an appointment and imagine flying to it ...

‘Liz and the Blue Bird’: A brilliantly executed return to an anime favorite

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:08
At my high school in the U.S., it was said that while the athletes were the talk of the school, it was actually the band ...

Fox stands behind Sean Hannity after learning he shared lawyer with Trump

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:49
Fox News Channel says its management was unaware until it came out in court that host Sean Hannity shared a lawyer with President Donald Trump, ...

Leonardo DiCaprio to present friend Martin Scorsese with award at TCM Film Festival

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:56
Leonardo DiCaprio will present his friend and collaborator Martin Scorsese the inaugural Robert Osborne Award for his contributions in keeping classic film relevant.Turner Classic Movies ...