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‘Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man’: 15 years as Studio Ghibli’s bridge to the world

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 12:59
There’s a lot to be learned from living with the Never-Ending Man. That’s Hayao Miyazaki, the renowned director of animated films such as “Spirited Away” ...

Okinawa cultural hall shows what the new normal will look like for theaters

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 06:33
In publishing a composite image of a socially-distanced theater crowd, the hall painted a bleak image of the future of stage in Japan.

Video gamers have pandemic entertainment figured out

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 03:00
Video games Final Fantasy VII Remake and Animal Crossing: New Horizons have engaging storylines, graphics that are worthy of Hollywood and now — a captive ...

The summer of our discontent after Fuji Rock’s cancellation

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 02:55
With the news that this year’s Fuji Rock Festival would be postponed until 2021, summer 2020 became the season of no music in Japan.Organizer Smash ...

Hana Kimura’s legacy is one of inclusion and acceptance

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 05:00
With all the news about Hana Kimura focusing on her death, I wanted to write about her life.

Spend your summer understanding America’s protests by watching, listening and reading

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 02:57
Now is the time to delve deeper into the history of racism in the U.S.

‘Why You Can’t Be Prime Minister’: A Sisyphean slog toward the top office

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 02:50
Shinzo Abe has been with us for so long now, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when Japan’s premiership seemed to rotate ...

‘The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8’: Little beasts battle COVID-19 online

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 02:44
Film production in Japan shut down in early April as part of the response to the outbreak of COVID-19, and as weeks passed with no ...

K-pop fans become an unexpected ally to American protesters

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 07:00
As American protesters took to the streets to mourn the death of George Floyd, they found an unexpected ally: K-pop fans.Floyd died May 25 after ...

South Korean boyband BTS donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 12:12
Popular South Korean band BTS donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter (BLM) in support of U.S. protests against police brutality, its music label, Big ...

‘City on Fire’ shows a beaten, divided Hong Kong fighting for its identity

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 12:58
In smooth, heady prose, Antony Dapiran shows what he calls “a fight for the very soul of Hong Kong.”

‘Echo on the Bay’ review: Weird doesn’t quite do it

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 12:52
“Weird” and “quirky” are adjectives readily bandied about when reviewing Japanese literature. So what happens when something truly bizarre comes along?

Summer’s Fuji Rock Festival postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 04:09
Smash Japan announced today that the 2020 edition of Fuji Rock Festival will be postponed due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19.The summer music festival, which ...

South Korea-born rapper Moment Joon details immigrant experience in Japan on debut album

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 03:00
On his formidable debut album, “Passport & Garcon,” South Korea-born rapper Moment Joon lays claim to his present home in suburban Osaka with unusual specificity.

World Theatre Festival Shizuoka heads online in desperate times

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 02:55
By taking a key arts festival online, Satoshi Miyagi is finding ways to ensure that theater survives the pandemic.

Okamoto’s: Rock, rap and the road less traveled

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 03:00
The four-piece band marks 10 years of bucking expectations and musical risk-taking.

‘Forgiven Children’: No clear-cut truths to a child’s crimes

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 02:57
Bullying is an evergreen theme of Japanese films centered on teens, with the focus typically on the victims.But in “Forgiven Children,” Eisuke Naito’s clear-eyed, hard-hitting ...

COVID-19 plays the spoiler as stages try to reopen in Japan

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 02:55
Even in the age of COVID-19, the show must go on, and go on it will.Theater lovers suffering from withdrawal symptoms as a result of ...

Japanese manga artist George Akiyama dies at 77

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:43
Manga artist George Akiyama, known as the author of the "Haguregumo" manga series, died on May 12, major publisher Shogakukan Inc. announced Monday. He was ...

Former AKB48 star Mayu Watanabe retires from show business, citing health issues

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:34
Mayu Watanabe, a former member of the popular Japanese all-girl idol group AKB48, has retired from the entertainment industry due to health reasons, her agency ...

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