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Pure Land Buddhism and the art of photography

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 23:45
Follow the Sumida River southwest from Asakusa and you’ll soon reach Kuramae, an old working-class neighborhood filled with small factories, wholesale shops and temples. The ...

John Williams presents a made-in-Japan take on one of Kafka’s classics

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:00
Written at the start of World War I and published in 1925 after its author’s untimely death, Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” is one of those ...

‘You, Your, Yours’: Goofball gags that’ll go over well with goofball guys

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 00:59
Love can drive you nuts. One recent illustration of how can be seen in the American TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” about a successful New York ...

Hikaru Utada learns to accept heartbreak on ‘Hatsukoi’

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 00:58
It’s the title that grabs you first. Hikaru Utada’s seventh album makes a conspicuous nod to her 1999 debut, but the preternaturally mature teen of ...

Keiko Miyata to mark departure from the New National Theatre, Tokyo, with piece by up-and-coming playwright

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:00
After eight years as artistic director for drama at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, Keiko Miyata, 60, is now tackling her final program there before ...

Gordon Matta-Clark: Out of the rubble

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:59
It’s New York in the 1970s. The optimism of ’60s America has faded into cynicism and despair. The city is so broke that it’s almost ...

‘Collection Exhibition: Akamatsu Rinsaku (1878-1953)’

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:58
July 6-Sept. 1Rinsaku Akamatsu (1878-1953) was born in Okayama Prefecture and studied at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he majored in Western-style painting. ...

‘Souvenirs as a Mirror of Japanese Culture’

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:57
July 10-Sept. 17As traveling become more popular among Japanese, the custom of giving omiyage (souvenirs) has become a regular part of everyday life. This exhibition ...

‘Women: Through the Lens’

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:56
July 12-Sept. 1The female form has long been a favorite subject among artists, often admired or even worshipped as an idealization of beauty. Photographers, too, ...

Brian Ross, who aired erroneous Trump report, to leave ABC News

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:55
Brian Ross, the veteran ABC News investigative correspondent who embarrassed the network late last year with an on-air report suggesting former National Security Adviser Michael ...

Harvey Weinstein charged over alleged forcible sex act against a third woman

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:53
Harvey Weinstein was charged Monday with a sex crime against a third woman, as New York prosecutors continue building cases against the former Hollywood studio ...

Puppet maker Peter Firmin, artist behind ‘Bagpuss’ and other classic U.K. kids’ shows, dies at 89

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 14:20
Peter Firmin, the co-creator of the classic British children’s TV programs “Clangers,” “Bagpuss,” and “The Basil Brush Show,” has died. He was 89.Firmin’s spokesman told ...

Top-selling singer: Jackman

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 01:45
Halfway through a year filled with new work from some of the most popular artists alive, the best-selling album is the soundtrack to a Hugh ...

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale: Niigata’s fields of art and inspiration

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 01:30
Deep in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is preparing its hundreds of exhibitions, events and installations — some new, some already ...

Drake smashes streaming record with new album, ‘Scorpion’

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 22:04
Drake’s new album, “Scorpion,” has smashed streaming recordsm, with Apple Music and Spotify both reporting unprecedented listenership in its first day.Apple Music said on Instagram ...

Marvel’s Stan Lee suffers private turmoil amid public triumphs

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 22:04
It has been another epic year for characters Stan Lee helped create, with “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” earning more than $3 billion combined ...

Harlan Ellison, science fiction master, dies at age 84

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 21:56
Harlan Ellison, the prolific, pugnacious author of “A Boy and His Dog” and countless other stories that blasted society with their nightmarish, sometimes darkly humorous ...

British, Japanese or somewhere in between? Kazuo Ishiguro questions nationhood from the ‘third space’

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 06:55
Ishiguro has always seen himself as a British writer and dislikes being pegged to his Japanese origins. Still, he admits that the matter is complex.

Documentary tells dark tale of triplets separated at birth as part of study, and surviving pair want transparency

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 17:59
The new documentary “Three Identical Strangers” is about identical triplets who were separated at birth as part of an ethically dubious research study that began ...

‘Japan’s grandmother’ Kirin Kiki has defied conventions throughout her long film career

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 20:49
Now 75, Kirin Kiki is everyone’s favorite Japanese grandmother, a role she has been playing for years now on big screens and small. But she ...