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Takarazuka Revue troupe presents unique brand of ‘woman power’ as third Taiwan tour begins

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 06:48
Japan’s all-woman Takarazuka Revue kicked off its third Taiwan tour in the capital, Taipei, on Saturday with a performance filled with grandeur and style showcasing ...

An insider’s guide to surviving the world of Japanese martial arts

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 06:36
"Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide," authored by longtime kendo practitioner Alexander Bennett, is part encyclopedia of martial arts — a historical resource tracking the ...

Twitter speaks: That joke isn’t funny anymore

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:37
An Aug. 16 episode of Tokyo MX’s variety show “Hirukyun!” found comedian Ken Horiuchi (better known as Horiken) joining the hosts in the studio. Over ...

Your guide to our Japanese film picks at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:33
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) offers fans a rare chance to see dozens of new and classic Japanese films with English subtitles on the ...

The meteoric rise of Mayu Matsuoka

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:33
As a film critic, I occasionally come across something on the screen that sets off fireworks in my brain. It happened with Sakura Ando’s explosive ...

Banksy says incomplete shredding of ‘Girl With Balloon’ at auction was a malfunction

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 21:19
Banksy posted a new video to his website Tuesday implying the partial shredding of his “Girl With Balloon” at a London auction was supposed to ...

End of an era: Original Big Bird puppeteer, 84, is leaving ‘Sesame Street’

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:23
After nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” the actor who has brought Big Bird to life on the iconic children’s television series since its debut ...

Akio Fujimoto trades drama for authenticity in film about the refugee experience

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:00
Akio Fujimoto’s “Passage of Life,” a drama about the struggles of a Myanmar family in Japan and the troubled return of a mother and her ...

‘Passage of Life’: A family drama that treats refugees with respect

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 02:59
Hollywood films about the immigrant experience are common enough (see “The Godfather” and other classic gangster movies for examples), while Japanese films on the same ...

‘It’s Boring Here, Pick Me Up’: A rural road movie with no destination

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 02:58
What passes for countryside in Japan is often a vast sprawl of low-rise development: chain restaurants, big-box stores, gas stations and pachinko parlors. While there’s ...

Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale ‘Milkman’

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:48
Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with “Milkman,” a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during ...

Lady Gaga getting married? She thanks ‘fiance’ during speech

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:46
Lady Gaga apparently is getting married.The 32-year-old singer and “A Star is Born” actress thanked her “fiance” Christian Carino as she finished speaking Monday night ...

The cutting edge of Kyoto swordmaking

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:00
Showcasing 170 blades, 19 of which are National Treasures and 61 are Important Cultural Properties, "Swords of Kyoto: Master Craftsmanship from an Elegant Culture" is ...

‘Astronomy and Printing: In Search of New World Vision’

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:59
Oct. 20-Jan. 20Although many are familiar with astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) and his book “On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres,” little is known about ...

‘Aesthetics of Shinzo Fukuhara: Assemble, The Eugene Studio’

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:58
Oct. 19-March 17Next year marks the Shiseido Gallery’s 100th anniversary. Shinzo Fukuhara (1883-1948), the founder and first president of Shiseido Company Ltd., was not just ...

‘Local Prospects 4: Distances’

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:57
Oct. 27-Nov. 18In 2015, Art Gallery Artium launched its first group exhibition series themed on “region,” choosing its participants from a public art competition. As ...

Shuichi Takizawa: The comedian with a knack for trash talk

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 03:04
Have you ever thought about where your trash goes after it’s tossed into a basket and whisked away by the garbage truck that shows up ...

Mountain High: Junko Tabei’s adventures at the top of the world

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 06:56
Junko Tabei was a pioneering alpinist who dramatically changed the landscape of mountaineering around the world. Previously available only in Japanese, excerpts of her writing ...

Kenzaburo Oe’s ‘Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness’: Reflections on father-son relationships

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 06:36
In Oe's "Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness," the lifelong sense of obsession and profound sense of guilt engendered within his own familial history finds ...

Nahoko Uehashi’s ‘The Beast Player’: Fantasy grounded in nature

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 06:34
Beautifully written, thought-provoking and utterly immersive, Nahoko Uehashi's "The Beast Player" uses the genre of fantasy to question the political realities of human tyranny over ...

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