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Captured history: A collection of milestones in early images of Japan

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 13:05
An exhibition of rare photographs gets a second chance to present the evolution of photography in Japan at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.

Sibling duo Lastlings finds its musical muse in Japan

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 13:00
The half-Japanese, half-Australian siblings, who experienced relentless teasing while growing up in Australia, took refuge in music and created their own blend of electro-pop.

‘Bolt’: A noirish depiction of the dark days after 3/11

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 13:05
Director Kaizo Hayashi’s three-part film based on the meltdown disaster of 2011 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is a mishmash of noir, ...

‘Silent Tokyo’: All is not calm this Christmas Eve

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 13:00
In Takafumi Hatano’s blockbuster action thriller, a peace-loving terrorist threatens to blow up Tokyo, throwing the capital’s citizens into a panic.

Imagine: John Lennon shot on his doorstep 40 years ago

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 11:00
The world-famous Beatle was killed on Dec. 8, 1980, but his legacy continues.

Remaining Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still making music

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 10:00
Paul McCartney is set to release his 18th solo album "McCartney III" on Dec. 18, and Ringo Starr will be on a U.S. tour in ...

John Lennon: Rockers’ troubled muse, 40 years on

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 10:00
John Lennon inspired other musical greats such as Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne, but whether he was everyone's "favorite Beatle" is still up for dispute.

John Lennon and New York, the city that set him free

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 10:00
For nearly a decade prior to his shocking murder, the former Beatle and his wife, Yoko Ono, adopted New York as their hometown, and it ...

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

Sat, 12/05/2020 - 12:58
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

Sat, 12/05/2020 - 12:52
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

Sat, 12/05/2020 - 12:50
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.