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Ogata Paris acts as an embassy for Japanese elegance in Europe

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 13:30
Ogata Paris, the brainchild of designer Shinichiro Ogata, offers the very best of Japanese craftsmanship and tradition in his fashionable European outpost.

‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie’: A small miracle in the making

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 13:15
After multiple delays in production, Kyoto Animation’s film provides solace and answers to fans of the animated series of the same name.

‘Tenet’ triumphs at the Japanese box office

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 13:00
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic may not be doing well in the U.S., but in Japan, the film has held the No. 1 box-office slot for ...

Ten Japanese albums that Rolling Stone missed on its best-of list

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 13:30
Rolling Stone compiled a list of the 500 greatest albums of all time but there were no Japanese entries. So we came up with a ...

‘Kamata Prelude’: Four tales of the exploitation women face in Japan’s film industry

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 13:15
Actress and producer Urara Matsubayashi stars in an omnibus that makes sexual harassment, particularly in the workplace, a central theme.

‘All the Things We Never Said’: Life is bleak, so find a friend to lean on

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 13:00
Yuya Ishii draws some raw performances from his cast in a low-budget, self-produced drama about alienation and unraveling relationships.

Award-winning actress Yuko Takeuchi dies in apparent suicide

Sun, 09/27/2020 - 04:01
Actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, has died in apparent suicide, it was learned Sunday.She was found at her home in Tokyo on Sunday, investigative sources said. ...

‘Reconciliation’ is an exemplar of the introspective I-novel genre

Sat, 09/26/2020 - 12:58
Naoya Shiga’s confessional, autobiographical novella stands the test of time with its themes of relationships, grief and aging.

‘The Hole’: A fitting metaphor for a restrictive society

Sat, 09/26/2020 - 12:56
Hiroko Oyamada’s novel is a moving and subtle study of the pressures and expectations placed on women.

Painting with an airbrush: Meet contemporary ukiyo-e artist Masumi Ishikawa

Sat, 09/26/2020 - 12:52
Woodblock prints collaborations portraying major musicians and films have spurred new interest in ukiyo-e.

The subversive happiness of Tom of Finland’s men

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 03:00
The exhibition, which is the first solo show of Touko Valio Laaksonen artwork in Japan, comes on the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

Japanese POW art in Australasia analyzed for first time

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:00
Academics say the previously ignored works illustrate the 'isolating and traumatic experience of internment.'

Promoters push online concerts in an effort to save Japan’s live house culture

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 03:00
Kaala, a group of independent music promoters, has launched a concert series called Korona Nights to keep outlets for underground musical expression alive.

‘Midnight Swan’: A gloomy drama, with moments of realism and grace

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 02:55
Eiji Uchida’s film about a transgender woman who takes in her troubled niece is dark but shines a light on the struggles faced by the ...

First South Korean ‘comfort women’ novel released in English

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:00
Kim Soom's 'One Left' tells the story of one former captive who debates whether to go public with her story.

Show some love for your elders with these films to bond over

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 05:38
In honor of Respect for the Aged Day on Sept. 21, here are some heartwarming films to watch with the more mature people in your ...

‘The Cat and the City’ author Nick Bradley: When writing fiction, ‘there’s no such thing as wasted living’

Sat, 09/19/2020 - 12:58
Nick Bradley’s debut novel is a love letter to Tokyo brimming with details of everyday life that he absorbed during his years in Japan.

Polly Barton: A heart set on literary translation

Sat, 09/19/2020 - 12:56
The Bristol-based translator balances art-related texts with literary translation and has just finished her first original work, “Fifty Sounds.”

Ukiyo-e: Japan’s original pop art

Sat, 09/19/2020 - 12:52
Edo Period ukiyo-e were like today’s popular media — celebrity photos, travel pics, snapshots of daily life — all reflecting the spirit of the times.

Actress and producer Urara Matsubayashi takes control of narrative on societal struggles

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 02:15
“Kamata Prelude” is an omnibus by four directors that is based on the life experiences of Urara Matsubayashi, the film’s star and producer.