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‘Japan’ by Jeff Kingston: Taking stock of a country in a time of transition and change

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 06:54
Jeff Kingston's "Japan," is a concise, highly readable overview of Japan's political evolution from 1945 to the present, observed from an overarching historical perspective.

Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon: Two pioneering women in Japanese literature

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 06:34
The Works by Japanese Women series wraps up by examining the various English translations of two of Japan's greatest works of literature, both penned by ...

‘Yuzu-mania’ hits Sendai as design for new Hanyu monument unveiled

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:09
Reigning Olympic and former world champion Yuzuru Hanyu delighted fans on Saturday by taking part in a ceremony in his hometown of Sendai to unveil ...

K-pop phenomenon BTS become first South Korean act to top British album chart

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:01
K-pop sensation BTS scored another record on Friday, becoming the first South Korean act to top Britain’s album chart.The seven-member group’s new album, “Map of ...

‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ manga creator Kazuo Koike dies at 82

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:15
Manga writer Kazuo Koike, known as the author of the Lone Wolf and Cub samurai story adapted into a number of films and a television ...

Hayao Miyazaki: Universally acclaimed weaver of unforgettable anime worlds

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:20
This is the 12th in a series on influential figures in the Heisei Era, which began in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito abdicates ...

Rapper Kodak Black busted at border in upstate New York with drugs, gun

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:35
Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as the rapper tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls, law ...

Kyotographie 2019: It’s in the space

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 01:37
The banner image for “Vibe,” the seventh edition of the Kyotographie International Photography Festival, is Scotsman Albert Watson’s sepia-tinted portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto, which was ...

Japan to be given a lesson in idol pop with ‘Produce 101 Japan’

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:37
Last week, Japanese talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo and South Korea’s CJ E&M announced a new talent competition TV show for Japan, set to debut later ...

‘Legacy of love’: Berry Gordy fulfills dreams with Motown reaching 60 years

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:54
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of ...

British rock band Queen to bring 2020 Rhapsody Tour to Japan

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 02:39
British rock band Queen will perform in Japan next January as part of their 2020 Rhapsody Tour, which comes in the wake of the biopic ...

Peaks, troughs and international awards: Japanese films in the Heisei Era

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:30
The Heisei Era began in January 1989 and I started writing reviews of Japanese films for The Japan Times in July that year. In 1990, ...

‘Kingdom’: An admirable try at Chinese history

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:29
Why should Japanese kids care about a manga set in China’s Warring States Period, (475-221 B.C.)? The players and power struggles are hard enough for ...

‘Just Only Love’: Looking for romance in all the wrong places

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:28
If you believe everything you read in the news, Japanese romance movies should really belong in the science fiction category. Just last week, a new ...

Cartoonist Monkey Punch, known for works including ‘Lupin III,’ dies at 81

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 23:59
Manga artist Monkey Punch, best known for megahit series “Lupin III,” died last week of pneumonia, his office said Wednesday. He was 81.Monkey Punch, whose ...

Absurdist comedy ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ gets its Japan debut

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 02:20
Tom Stoppard is one of the most influential figures in theater today and one of the most internationally performed postwar dramatists.Both his 1966 Tony-winning absurdist ...

The rise, fall and resurrection of Kyosai

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 02:19
An overachieving infant, Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) sketched at age 3, studied ukiyo-e from 7 and joined a branch of the Kano school of painting at ...

‘Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony’

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 02:18
April 20-June 23Based in New York, Tom Sachs is best-known for his “readymade” reinterpretations of everyday objects and iconic pop culture into satirical art. Despite ...

‘PGI 40th Anniversary Exhibition’

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 02:17
April 19-May 25On April 5, the Photo Gallery International (PGI), which specializes in showcasing original works by renowned and up-and-coming photographers from all around the ...

‘Points and Lines, Color, Shape: Art of Shimane’

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 02:16
April 20-June 24The Iwami Art Museum’s collection of acquisitions ranges from ancient objects to contemporary artworks, including paintings, crafts, sculpture, photography, video, fashion magazines, clothing ...