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‘Me & My Brother’s Mistress’: Sneaky siblings will surprise you

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 13:05
When we first see Yoko (Nanami Kasamatsu), the stone-faced heroine of “Me & My Brother’s Mistress,” she’s looking right into the camera lens. Then she ...

‘Any Crybabies Around?’: Banishing your inner child is hard to do

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 13:00
Taiga Nakano gives a raw performance as a social pariah who attempts to make amends with his family and town in Takuma Sato’s film.

‘Knife’ critiques human nature through mime and dance

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 09:10
Choreographer Shuji Onodera was given total artistic freedom to create his adaption of Guy de Maupassant’s “Boule de Suif” with a multicultural cast.

NiziU and Babymetal to perform for first time on NHK’s ‘Kohaku’ music show

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 03:15
The popular New Year's Eve extravaganza will be held without an audience for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Renowned kabuki actor Sakata Tojuro dies at 88

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 04:48
Famed kabuki actor Sakata Tojuro IV, who was a designated living national treasure and a master of the kamigata style of kabuki performed in western ...

Art or vandalism? Japan tries to find the right balance with street graffiti.

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 13:00
Tokyo looks to find the right balance between encouraging creative expression and protecting buildings from vandalism.

‘Japanese Design Since 1945’ is all about the craftsperson’s mindset

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 12:58
American architect and writer Naomi Pollock focuses on the creators behind the products in her thoughtfully curated compendium of Japanese design.

Michael Emmerich: Wisely navigating the levels of translation

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 12:53
The UCLA professor and professional translator says there is a distinct pleasure in developing work in prose styles that are not his own.

Multidisciplinary collection in Tokyo depicts a paradox of restraint and restriction

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:27
The Fergus McCaffrey gallery has curated works that explore social and regional boundaries as well as the confinements of genre and convention.

Actors connect in ‘subconscious’ to play young and old Hokusai in new film

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:17
Yuya Yagira, who won a best actor award at Cannes Film Festival in 2004, and Min Tanaka, an internationally acclaimed dancer, will both portray the ...

The Tokyo clinic bringing stuffed toys back to life

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 10:00
Natsumi Clinic offers a full inpatient service for its clients, including spa baths, hair transplants and eye repair.

Japanese rom-com ‘Hold Me Back’ wins sole prize awarded at 2020 Tokyo film festival

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 13:15
Director Akiko Ohku received the Audience Award for her film, "Hold Me Back." She also won the award at the festival in 2017 for "Tremble ...

Change of tune: Japan’s music fans move from CDs to streaming services

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 13:10
The decline in CD sales signals the streaming market’s growth potential.

‘Life: Untitled’: The fables and foibles of sex work

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 13:05
Kana Yamada’s film about a motley crew of employees at an escort agency called Crazy Bunny is based on her own stage play.

‘Sakura’: A family held together by dogged devotion

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 13:00
Hitoshi Yazaki turns Kana Nishino’s novel about a family overcoming tragedy with the help of their dog into an amiable but wildly uneven drama.

The publishing industry can’t get enough books on supernatural Japanese stories

Sat, 11/07/2020 - 12:58
While this year alone saw the release of well over 100 English nonfiction books about Japan, ranging from accounts of the atomic bombings, to memoirs, ...

‘A Good True Thai’: What makes someone a ‘real’ citizen?

Sat, 11/07/2020 - 12:52
Sunisa Manning’s historical fiction novel provides context for the current protests roiling Thailand as demonstrators demand democratic change.

‘Sumodo’ documentary offers a rare inside look at the competitive world of sumo

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 04:50
Director Eiji Sakata’s documentary reveals the human side of Japan’s wrestlers.

‘24 Japan’ turns back the clock with remake of U.S. series

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 04:10
When studios in Japan suspended production of new programming due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring, TV stations turned to nostalgia ...

Cave resembling Totoro draws attention in Japan

Thu, 11/05/2020 - 10:00
A cave on the northeastern coast of Japan is drawing attention for the remarkable resemblance of its opening to the side profile of the title ...