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Signs of life: Urban renewal in Nakamachi

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:56
The oldest surviving quarter of Toba, Mie Prefecture, pins its hopes on crafts and small businesses to stay afloat.

‘Paper Houses’: Loving one half 
of the country, detesting the other

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:38
Author William Plomer came to Japan during the 1920s following the publication of "Turbott Wolfe." Hugely inspired by the country, in his later life he ...

‘Japanese Linguistics’: Insightful description meets valuable instruction

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:36
"Japanese Linguistics" is a broad-spectrum primer on Japanese, covering everything from grammar to the social context of the language, for the undergraduate student or avid ...

‘The Swords of Silence’: Hidden Christians, vengeful daimyo and a few miracles thrown in

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:34
Set in the early 17th century, "The Swords of Silence" focuses on the plight of Japan's hidden Christians and the closing of Japan to foreign ...

Ep. 16 ‘Orange Flavor First Kiss’

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 02:26
This week’s episode of “Terrace House” was all about creating art — and some plot lines were totally drawn out.While Emika and Peppe have settled ...

Learning to say ‘yes, and…’ both on and off the stage

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 02:00
Twenty-five years ago, Chris Wells, a 27-year-old American born in Missouri, faced Jun Imai, a young Japanese method actor from Tokyo who was on his ...

Telling the story of Japanese rugby’s miracle match

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 18:04
As the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, 'The Brighton Miracle' takes a look at the Brave Blossoms' 34-32 defeat of South Africa ...

Diversity of Japan’s video game industry on show in Tokyo

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 23:53
2019's Tokyo Game Show saw a range of new titles displayed, with prominence given to the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, Death Stranding and new ...

Taking hip-hop dancing from Japan to the continent

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 23:50
Hip-hop dancer Reina has dispensed with school in favor of dedicating her life to her art, and regularly travels across Asia to deliver dance classes ...

Stars align: Brad Pitt and James Gray take a giant leap with ‘Ad Astra’

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:36
Brad Pitt made the first move with James Gray.In 1995, he saw Gray’s debut “Little Odessa” and decided to call up the young filmmaker behind ...

Scoring a try against gender barriers

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 03:00
In the late 1980s, a group of Japanese women came together to form the country's first female rugby club, efforts that have been immortalized in ...

‘Liberty Fields’: Short on duration but lacking nothing in emotion

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:59
Mackenzie Sheppard's short take on the birth of women's rugby in Japan is a lesson in inspiration, emotion and breaking down barriers

‘No Longer Human’: A biopic with no decent biography

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:58
Mika Ninagawa's "No Longer Human" tells the story of celebrated Japanese author Osamu Dazai, with a particular focus on his turbulent love life

‘Hello World’: Kyodo as you’ve never seen it before

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:57
Tomohiko Ito's anime feature "Hello World" sees the breaking down of the borders between present and future, and the perils and pitfalls of comupter-generated worlds

‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek says he’s resumed chemotherapy

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 12:21
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again.Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” ...

Taking classic musical West Side Story to new heights

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 02:00
Director David Saint brings West Side Story to IHI Stage Around Tokyo, with his ambitious and multi-stage production being run first with a Broadway cast ...

An enlightening buildup to Viennese modernism

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 01:59
"Vienna on the Path to Modernism" at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, is essentially an illustrated history of sociopolitical developments leading to the city ...

‘Masterpieces from the Musee de L’Orangerie: Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection’

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 01:58
Sept. 21-Jan. 13, 2020The Musee de L’Orangerie in Paris is well-known for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces amassed by Paul Guillaume (1891-1934), one ...

‘Shigeo Toya: Body of the Gaze’

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 01:57
Sept. 21-Oct. 19Since 1988, Saitama-based sculptor Shigeo Toya has won multiple awards, including the Asian Award at the Gwangju Biennale in 2000 and Japan’s Purple ...

‘Shiga-kinbi Art Spot Project Vol.2: “Symbiosis”‘

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 01:56
Sept. 21-Oct. 20In the city of Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, there are two main areas, both called Taisanji but spelled with different kanji. Though phonetically sounding ...