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Actress Aoi Mizuhara explores Asian family values in ‘The Farewell,’ her Hollywood debut

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 03:15
Japanese actress Aoi Mizuhara explores Asian family values in her debut Hollywood film, 'The Farewell,' which is set for release in Japan in April.

Ensuring live music survives the pandemic

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 03:05
While the COVID-19 pandemic has all but shut down Japan's live music scene, innovative acts and labels are still reaching fans in the country.

The unstoppable rise of Regal Lily

18 hours 40 min ago
Regal Lily is supposed to be on tour at the moment. But instead of enjoying what the band’s members like about touring — eating hotel ...

‘Step’: Parenthood drama that tugs at the heartstrings

18 hours 41 min ago
By now there are many films about single fathers, but for me the eye-opener was 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer.” In it, Dustin Hoffman plays a ...

Ep. 37 ‘Another Terrace!!’

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 09:06
Most weeks, watching “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020” is a fun indulgence that lets viewers bask in the low-stakes drama of six 20-somethings (and an occasional ...

Meet the expat comedians who keep Tokyo smiling

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 05:00
Probably the biggest paradox of stand-up comedy is that while there are no schools of humor — no Bachelor of Laughs degree, not even a ...

Japan’s art institutions struggle to cope with the COVID-19 crisis

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 04:59
Since the quarantine of the Diamond Princess, Japan has gone from being one of the world’s most at-risk countries to lucky outlier, to being again ...

Ken Shimura’s entertainment legacy spans generations

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 12:34
Entertainer Ken Shimura didn’t belong to any single generation. Following news that the 70-year-old comedian had died on Sunday from pneumonia caused by COVID-19, TV ...

Tokyo clubs must close to prevent COVID-19 spread, but DJs and owners say that’s easier said than done

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 05:47
Clubs and bars are facing pressure to close their doors as the new coronavirus spreads throughout Japan's major cities. As a result, those who make ...

Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies after being hospitalized for coronavirus

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:35
Ken Shimura, a veteran slapstick comedian and onetime member of rock ’n’ roll band and comedy group The Drifters, a household name in Japan in ...

The seemingly perfect world of author Clarissa Goenawan

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 13:08
Set in Japan, Clarissa Goenawan's eagerly anticipated second novel, "The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida," has a winsome tone, harkening to the early works of ...

‘Grit, Grace, and Gold’ review: The Olympics are postponed, but this book’s a winner

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 13:06
On the surface, sports and haiku are an incongruous mix but, as Nagamura notes in the introduction, "Writing good haiku involves the same attention to ...

‘The Salaryman’ review: Spilling the secrets of Japan’s everyman

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 13:04
Alongside its humor, Michael Howard’s recent memoir, “The Salaryman,” provides an insightful look at Japan’s corporate workforce. In 2008, Howard was a 32-year-old product manager ...

In first post-royal job, Meghan to narrate Disney nature film

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:11
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants.Disney announced Thursday that the duchess, who is married to ...

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 04:30
In 2016, shortly after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Tom Jenkinson released a plaintive protest song under his Squarepusher alias, titled ...

Must the show go on during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 04:25
Nobuko Tanaka Responses to the spread of the COVID-19 virus have varied widely from country to country and are changing from day to day. So, ...

Ron Carter: A record-breaking jazz legend returns to Tokyo

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 05:00
“I think people still want to hear the old man playing on an antique,” says Ron Carter. “And as long as they want that idea, ...

‘Not Quite Dead Yet’: A feeble take on two days of death

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 04:59
Ghosts that haunt the living for laughs have been Hollywood staples going back to at least “Topper.” In this 1937 comedy, a feckless young couple ...

‘Mishima: The Last Debate’: Careful revival of a battle of wits

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 04:58
It was the title match of the decade: the rumble in the academic jungle. On May 13, 1969, literary titan Yukio Mishima strutted onstage in ...

Lee Ufan: The same but different

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 04:30
Lee Ufan’s new paintings look very different depending on where you are standing. From a distance, when you can take in several of the large ...

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