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‘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 ...

‘Underdog’: This two-part boxing epic packs a punch

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:05
Director Masaharu Take’s 276-minute film was inspired by Martin Scorsese’s boxing saga “Raging Bull.”

‘Tezuka’s Barbara’: A dazzlingly dull descent into madness

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:00
Macoto Tezka’s adaptation of his father’s racy 1970s manga is visually intoxicating, but liable to leave viewers with a hangover.

‘Demon Slayer’ becomes Japan’s third-highest grossing film ever

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 09:56
The manga series, now a global hit, has been translated into 14 languages and is available in 33 countries and regions, according to publisher Shueisha ...

A passion project that became a literary journey through Kyoto

Sat, 11/21/2020 - 12:59
“Kyoto: A Literary Guide" was painstakingly collated by a group of friends whose dedication to studying the city’s literary legacy spans 10 years.

‘The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives’: Personal stories present a fresh perspective on Japan

Sat, 11/21/2020 - 12:55
Christopher Harding scales Japan’s history down to the level of the individual with portraits of the eminent as well as the overlooked.

Composer Dai Fujikura’s new opera tackles fear and uncertainty

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 13:10
“A Dream of Armageddon” is based on H.G. Wells' prescient short story about weapons of mass destruction and totalitarianism.

Disney+ passes 73 million subscribers as streaming takes center stage

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 13:00
Disney on Thursday reported an 82% decline in quarterly operating income, the result of steep losses at its coronavirus-devastated theme park division and the postponement ...

‘Tokyo Ueno Station’ by Japanese-born Yu Miri wins U.S. book award

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 06:24
The author said she wants to share the prize with the people of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, where she now resides.