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‘Finding the Heart Sutra’: Alex Kerr finds humor at the heart of wisdom and enlightenment

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In his book "Finding the Heart Sutra," Alex Kerr breaks down the ancient Buddhist text character by character to reveal why the sutra has remained ...

‘Family Crests of Japan’: For the miniaturist who appreciates fine details

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This comprehensive overview of Japanese family crests delves into the motifs and geometries that fill even the simplest designs with meaning.

‘36 Views of Mount Fuji’: Self-discovery through shifts in perspective

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Cathy N. Davidson’s memoir is a thoughtful and compelling account of a woman gaining a deeper understanding of herself and Japan through her travels.

‘Tokyo Ueno Station’ novelist Yu Miri magnifies the quietest voices

Fri, 12/04/2020 - 04:18
Japanese-born Korean writer Yu Miri won a National Book Award for her novel about the ghost of a construction worker.

Vienna Philharmonic’s Japan tour offers hope for overseas ensembles

Fri, 12/04/2020 - 02:32
The Japanese government granted the orchestra a special entry permit and allowed them to forgo a 14-day quarantine, after considering the “importance of cultural exchange.”

Naomi Osaka inspires own manga character

Fri, 12/04/2020 - 02:21
Japan's three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka has inspired a new manga character to appear in an issue of Nakayoshi magazine next month, the publishers ...

Issey Miyake and New Balance tie-ups take textiles to the next level

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 04:30
Exhibitions showcasing the fashion brands' creative collaborations with artists highlight the evolution of fabrics.

‘Alice in Borderland’: Deadly journey through the looking glass leaves little impression

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 04:15
Netflix’s sci-fi suspense series about a young man forced to go through a series of twisted challenges takes place in a cityscape that looks all ...

‘Mrs. Noisy’: Loving your neighbor can be tough

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 04:00
Chihiro Amano’s humorous film about rowdy next-door neighbors coming to blows makes a well-meaning plea for tolerance and kindness toward others.

Netflix plans to double spending on original content in Asia

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 04:33
By stepping up its investment, the California-based company is gearing to tackle its main rivals Disney+ and Prime Video, as well as local competitors.

Amabie: Folklore apparition generated a big buzz in 2020

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 10:00
The long-haired, beak-faced amabie, which forecasts bountiful harvests and killer epidemics, has found itself in Japan's spotlight in recent months.

‘Demon Slayer’ now Japan’s second-highest grossing film ever

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 09:49
The series also dominated the first through 22nd spots in comic sales rankings in Japan this year, according to industry data.

Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

Sun, 11/29/2020 - 14:05
Prowse donned Darth Vader's black armor and helmet for "Star Wars” (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983).

Fighting coronavirus in luxurious style with ¥1 million masks

Sun, 11/29/2020 - 10:00
One Japanese firm is selling masks embellished with a 0.7 carat diamond and more than 300 pieces of Swarovski crystal.

50-year-old Doraemon comics become a smash hit during pandemic

Sun, 11/29/2020 - 06:27
More than 5 million comic books and other publications featuring the robotic cat were printed in the 12 months to November as children were forced ...

‘There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job’: How hard is it to find meaning in the modern workplace?

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 12:59
In Kikuko Tsumura’s surreal and humorous novel, “There’s No Such Things as an Easy Job,” an unnamed narrator sets her sights on trivial work after ...

‘Tokyo Before Tokyo’: A guided tour through Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Edo

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 12:55
Timon Screech details how Tokyo, formerly known as Edo, developed from a backwater town to the seat of a warlord and, eventually, Japan’s modern capital.

‘Anime Architecture’ is all about the beauty in the details

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 13:10
Stefan Riekeles’ book puts a spotlight on the background work that informs the ambience of anime's intricate worlds.

Yosakoi gets a second chance during Kochi hero’s birthday celebrations

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 13:00
There is no place that loves Sakamoto Ryoma like Kochi.Born in 1836 in the area that is now known as Kochi Prefecture, Sakamoto was one ...

A festival of new Asian art, seeking a direction

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:10
You could find reasons for both enthusiasm and skepticism when Asia Society announced last year that it would present a triennial of contemporary art, centered ...