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‘Aesthetics of Shinzo Fukuhara: Assemble, The Eugene Studio’

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:58
Oct. 19-March 17Next year marks the Shiseido Gallery’s 100th anniversary. Shinzo Fukuhara (1883-1948), the founder and first president of Shiseido Company Ltd., was not just ...

‘Local Prospects 4: Distances’

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:57
Oct. 27-Nov. 18In 2015, Art Gallery Artium launched its first group exhibition series themed on “region,” choosing its participants from a public art competition. As ...

Shuichi Takizawa: The comedian with a knack for trash talk

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 03:04
Have you ever thought about where your trash goes after it’s tossed into a basket and whisked away by the garbage truck that shows up ...

Mountain High: Junko Tabei’s adventures at the top of the world

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 06:56
Junko Tabei was a pioneering alpinist who dramatically changed the landscape of mountaineering around the world. Previously available only in Japanese, excerpts of her writing ...

Kenzaburo Oe’s ‘Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness’: Reflections on father-son relationships

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 06:36
In Oe's "Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness," the lifelong sense of obsession and profound sense of guilt engendered within his own familial history finds ...

Nahoko Uehashi’s ‘The Beast Player’: Fantasy grounded in nature

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 06:34
Beautifully written, thought-provoking and utterly immersive, Nahoko Uehashi's "The Beast Player" uses the genre of fantasy to question the political realities of human tyranny over ...

1967 Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ named most popular in U.K. history

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 04:48
The Beatles’ psychedelic masterwork, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” has been named the most popular British album in history.The Official Charts Company said Saturday ...

Politics and cinema intermingle at Busan International Film Festival

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 03:06
The 23rd edition of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened Oct. 4 as Typhoon Kong-rey approached the South Korean port city. When the storm ...

Family of Prince demands Trump stop using his music

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 20:24
The family of Prince has told U.S. President Donald Trump to stop playing the late icon’s songs at rallies, following a phalanx of other angry ...

Buyer of shredded Banksy work goes through with deal

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 23:50
The buyer of a work by street artist Banksy that was partially destroyed moments after it sold has gone through with the purchase, Sotheby’s auction ...

Rare 1932 ‘The Mummy’ film poster poised to hit record $1 million at auction

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 14:50
A rare, original poster from the Boris Karloff horror classic, “The Mummy,” is expected to sell for over $1 million, a record price for a ...

Anpanman: Is the children’s superhero the best thing since sliced bread?

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 02:40
Illustrator Takashi Yanase's beaming cartoon character celebrates the 30th anniversary of 'Soreike! Anpanman' on Nippon TV.

Tokyo Festival looks to throw open some doors with fringe elements

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 02:37
If the inclusion of Festival/Tokyo in Tokyo Festival’s diverse program of performing arts is any indication, theater events in Tokyo have been evolving over the ...

Haru Nemuri’s rapping and roaring speaks to the zeitgeist of 2018

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:10
Haruna Kimishima knew her music had found an audience overseas when her Twitter DMs began to fill up with English.“Japanese fans tend to not react ...

‘Every Day a Good Day’: The wonder of tea with Kirin Kiki

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:09
I attended my first tea ceremony decades ago, as part of a company orientation. Kneeling on the floor, I sat in the formal seiza position, ...

‘The Chaplain’: Ren Osugi shines as a clergyman working on death row

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:08
The sudden death of Ren Osugi last February robbed Japanese cinema of one of its most dependable actors. That loss is rendered all the more ...

English version of Haruki Murakami’s latest multivolume novel ‘Killing Commendatore’ goes on sale in U.S.

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 21:29
An English translation of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Killing Commendatore” (“Kishidancho Goroshi” in Japanese), hit the shelves in the United States on Tuesday.The ...

Stolen Stradivarius found after decades comes to life again under 18-year-old virtuoso’s chin

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:43
The Stradivarius stolen from the late violinist Roman Totenberg and miraculously found more than three decades later has a new life — under the chin ...

Singer Taylor Swift helps boost voter registrations after endorsing Democratic candidates

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 14:26
Pop music luminary Taylor Swift’s decision to wade into electoral politics for the first time on Sunday has driven a spike in online voter registration, ...

Etsko Tazaki creates her own legacy at the piano keys

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:30
If you were a musician and your death was imminent, what piece of music would you like to cover before you die? Maybe you’d want ...