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‘33⅓ Japan’ has nerdy but accessible tales of albums and artists

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:22
With the "33⅓ Japan" series, music aficionados bring classic Japanese albums and artists to life in nerdy, but accessible, prose.

‘Tokyo Sketches: Short Stories’: A tribute to an ever-changing city

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:06
Journalist Pete Hamill's anthology of 13 Tokyo-based stories bring a cast of multicultural characters, united by their lives in the metropolis, to life.

‘The Japanese Discovery of Chinese Fiction’: A literary classic’s outsize impact on Japan

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:04
In "The Japanese Discovery of Chinese Fiction," William C. Helberg delves into Japan's fascination with "The Water Margin," and how its influence spread beyond the ...

Ex-SMAP member Nakai leaving Johnny’s after more than 30-year run

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 13:37
Masahiro Nakai, the former leader of disbanded all-male idol group SMAP, said Friday he will leave talent agency Johnny & Associates Inc. in late March, ...

Ep. 33 ‘Half Blue’

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:54
Official couple alert!! It has taken 33 episodes but we finally have our first pairing in Emika and Tupas. I’m not counting Risako and Kenny ...

Six-time world champion Shu Takada has got the world on a (yo-yo) string

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:30
Six-time world champion yo-yo performer Shu Takada wants to take the yo-yo mainstream and show his tricks to the world

Taigen Kawabe’s Ill Japonia: Allowing yourself to learn from the new wave

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 05:00
Bo Ningen's Taigen Kawabe drops the guitars and starts rapping on his first release as III Japonia.

‘Shape of Red’: A torrid but ultimately unsatisfying affair

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:59
Kaho plays a frustrated housewife who engages in a passionate tryst with a former boyfriend in Yukiko Mishima's latest film.

‘Fictitious Girl’s Diary: The Movie’: An honest portrait of office minutiae

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:58
Comedian Bakarhythm brings his nameless female bank clerk character to the big screen and lovingly documents the trivial goings-on in the life of a Japanese ...

How to navigate social media and a social city with Netflix’s ‘Followers’

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 05:00
Artist and director Mika Ninagawa launches new streaming about the lives of Tokyo's bright young things and their quest for recognition

Barry McGee: Painting outside the lines

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:59
"Potato Sack Body" can be enjoyed as a semi-abstract display of shapes and colors, but there are also cryptic artifacts, notations and visual references. If ...

‘Pola Museum Exhibition 2020’

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:58
Feb. 21-April 12Founded in 1996, the Pola Art Foundation has been involved in supporting emerging artists for nearly 25 years. One of its projects helps ...

‘Grandpa Was Born Yesterday: Seiko Kajiura Exhibition’

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:57
Feb. 22-March 15After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, Seiko Kajiura studied sculpture and casting at the Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar in Indonesia. She ...

‘Creative Women 1940s-2000s’

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:56
Feb. 8-March 15Female artists have struggled against discrimination throughout the history of art, and still do today. As part of the “Art Link Tochigi 2019” ...

Japan pop group Arashi cancels concert in Beijing over coronavirus

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 13:49
Popular boy band Arashi is calling off a concert scheduled for this spring in Beijing due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, their agent ...

New Banksy Valentine’s Day artwork vandalized

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 07:41
A new Valentine’s Day work by U.K. street artist Banksy, showing a young girl firing a slingshot of flowers, has been defaced after appearing on ...

Virtual idols, anime and a rock ‘n’ roll spirit: Nakamura Shido II leads kabuki’s evolution

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:27
The audience, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s, wave glow sticks and holler as the lights go down for the start of ...

‘Introduction to Zen Training’: Sogen Omori’s road map to enlightenment

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:06
An introduction to Zen practice, by one of Japan's leading practicioners.

Shuntaro Tanikawa: Acclaimed poet, beloved children’s author

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:04
The best in children’s literature earns devout adult fans too, and perhaps no other Japanese writer embodies such cross-generational popularity than Shuntaro Tanikawa.Frequently touted for ...

‘Shape of Red’ shows what Japanese women really want

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 04:30
Yukiko Mishima addresses the dangers of traditional gender roles with her latest film, "Shape of Red," adapted from a Rio Shimamoto novel.