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Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author of ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ and ‘American Pastoral,’ dies at 85

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:33
Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism ...

Spain faces risk of becoming no country for free speech, Javier Bardem warns

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:20
Spain’s Oscar-winner, Javier Bardem, warned Tuesday that the country risked a return to the era of dictator Francisco Franco as concerns mount over freedom of ...

Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester massacre anniversary

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:01
Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday on the anniversary of the bombing at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.The pop star ...

Works from all genres transform area into mesmeric gallery

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:00
Those looking for an immersive introduction to Japan’s contemporary art, need to look no further than Roppongi Art Night. Rather than taking classes or visiting ...

Exposing the underbelly of pop culture

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:05
Tomoo Gokita's deformations of his subjects are surrealistic with a precision mix of austere black, white and grays, low-brow culture imagery, kookiness and powerfully evocative ...

New National Theater, Tokyo, stuns with a bold interpretation of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 01:59
When Ludwig van Beethoven dipped his toe into the world of opera in the early 19th century, the composer may have had the concept of ...

Young filmmakers looking to follow in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s footsteps have their work cut out for them

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 02:03
Hirokazu Kore-eda joins a list of Japanese master filmmakers after winning the top prize at Cannes. The road he took to get to this point, ...

Harry bests brother as over 29 million watch royal wedding in U.S.: Nielsen

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:03
More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain’s Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings ...

Roppongi Art Night’s giant splash of color

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 01:05
Roppongi Art Night's ninth iteration promises to be a vibrant collection of large-scale works and performances, including those by Teppei Kanueji, Ujino and Kengo Kito.

Famed French director Luc Besson accused of rape, denies ‘fantasist’ accusations

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 21:49
A young actress has lodged a complaint for rape against French film director Luc Besson, judicial sources said Saturday, the latest in a string of ...

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda: a master of humanism

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:40
Hirokazu Kore-eda — who won the top prize at the Cannes film festival Saturday — is Japan’s answer to Ken Loach, a director whose stories ...

With ‘Shoplifters,’ Hirokazu Kore-eda becomes first Japanese director to win Cannes Palme d’Or in 21 years

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 17:52
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at Cannes on Saturday for “Shoplifters,” a critically acclaimed family drama with unguessable plot twists.The film depicts ...

Through the lens: Japanese photographers explore nuclear narratives

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 07:00
Whether it’s the work of Robert Capa in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) or Richard Drew’s iconic “Falling Man” picture of a man free-falling from ...

Mount Fuji is the gift to writers that keeps on giving

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:55
"Mountain/Home: New Translations from Japan" shows Mount Fuji from a variety of literary angles in this comprehensive anthology of translations.

Yasunari Kawabata’s ‘Dandelions’ probes the nature of mental illness

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:36
Initially published by Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) in 22 installments between June 1964 and October 1968, and subsequently revised from his notes after his death, "Dandelions" ...

Hideo Yokoyama’s ‘Seventeen’: A plane crash, a newsroom, an all-engrossing thriller

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:34
Based on the author's own experiences as an investigative reporter at a local paper in Gunma Prefecture, "Seventeen" uses the 1985 crash of Japan Airlines ...

1980s pop star Nick Heyward set to whistle back into Japan

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 23:43
English singer-songwriter Nick Heyward, probably best known as the frontman of early 1980s pop band Haircut 100, has for two decades resisted the urge to ...

‘Girl from Ipanema’ singer Joao Gilberto suffers the blues

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:41
His gentle voice in “Girl from Ipanema” still charms, but for Joao Gilberto, the sunny days of his bossa nova prime half a century ago ...

Japanese actor Ken Watanabe has split with actress wife: agency

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:10
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, who has appeared in a number of American films including the 2003 period drama “The Last Samurai,” has split with his ...

Japanese singer Hideki Saijo, known for cover song of ‘Y.M.C.A.,’ dies at 63

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 02:56
Hideki Saijo, a singer popular in Asia and best known for his cover song of the megahit “Y.M.C.A.,” died of acute heart failure Wednesday, his ...