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In defense of difference: Hikaru Toda’s ‘Of Love & Law’ showcases the efforts of two lawyers fighting discrimination in Japan

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 02:10
For all its many attractions as a place to live, Japan can be unforgiving for anyone who’s perceived as different.There’s a phrase that comes up ...

‘The Hungry Lion’: A nuanced account of the social media nightmare we all fear

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 02:09
Teenagers take chances that, to the adults in their lives, are sheer idiocy (as I know first-hand from both sides of the teenager-adult divide). These ...

‘In Pursuit of Silence’: A documentary looks at what it’ll take to finally get some peace and quiet

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 02:08
The 1964 tune “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel is a bona fide classic, but it never really identifies just what ...

Bert and Ernie a ‘loving couple’ claims writer; ‘Sesame Street’ disagrees

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 20:17
Bert and Ernie of “Sesame Street” may only be puppets, but that hasn’t stopped audiences from speculating over the years that the two roommates may ...

‘Show must go on’: Stranded in Europe, Boston orchestra improvises, ends on high note

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:55
The Boston Symphony Orchestra might want to consider naming its next album “Songs in the Key of A” — as in airport, abandoned and Amsterdam.The ...

Julie Chen leaves CBS show ‘The Talk’ in taped message after husband Leslie Moonves is ousted

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:31
Julie Chen has left the cast of the CBS daytime show “The Talk” a week after her husband, CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves, was ousted ...

The art of architecture and photography

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:40
The current exhibition at Archi-Depot, "A Gaze into Architecture: Phases of Contemporary Photography and Architecture" features the work of 13 artists, of whom more than ...

‘Carl Larsson and His Home: Art of the Swedish Lifestyle’

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:39
Sept. 22-Dec. 24After moving to the Lilla Hyttnas house in the Swedish countryside of Dalarna county, an area that still harbors a traditional lifestyle, the ...

‘Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project 2012-2018 “Inase na Tokyo”‘

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:38
Sept. 22-Oct. 14Masanori Ikeda began presenting his work at Dragged Out Studio, a gallery he managed himself in 1999, and later became known for his ...

‘Beauty in the Yumeji Style’

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:37
Sept. 26-Dec. 16The bijinga (portraits of beautiful women) by Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) portrayed women in such a distinctive manner that it became known as “Yumeji ...

Ayyy! Henry Winkler, TV’s ‘the Fonz,’ wins Emmy 42 years after first nomination

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 01:49
Henry Winkler won the first Emmy of his career on Monday, more than four decades after he was first nominated for his role as The ...

Japan and China: Forging ties in the electronic underground

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 01:15
WWWβ — a subterranean space under Shibuya’s WWW and WWWX venues dedicated to “club alternative” — is a frequent stop for DJs and producers at ...

‘Saturday Night Live,’ politics, diversity could rule at Emmys

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 16:45
There are critical points about the 70th Emmy Awards to keep in mind, starting with this: The ceremony airs Monday.Typically held on a Sunday, it ...

Amuro fans flock to tribute events as Japanese diva says farewell to show business

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 05:50
On Sunday fans across the country flocked to events paying tribute to pop diva Namie Amuro, marking the day she will step out of the ...

Piano trio first from Japan to win ARD classical music competition in Germany

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 05:29
A Japanese piano trio won first prize in the prestigious ARD International Music Competition on Saturday, the organizer said.The Aoi Trio, formed by graduates of ...

Veteran Japanese actress Kirin Kiki dies at 75

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 01:43
Kirin Kiki, a veteran actress who had long battled cancer, died early Saturday morning at the age of 75 at her home in Tokyo’s Shibuya ...

‘Yakuza Tattoo’: Inside the secretive world of the yakuza’s tattoos

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:53
Andreas Johansson spent almost three weeks immersed in the world of the yakuza, photographing and talking to around 30 gang members for his book, "Yakuza ...

Mieko Kawakami: A writer’s writer who is at once highly readable and immensely popular

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:34
From her distinctive style to her choice of topics, Mieko Kawakami is both a writer's writer and an entertainer, a thinker and constantly evolving stylist ...

Pop singer Amuro bows out with final performance in Okinawa hometown

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 02:37
Fans of pop singer Namie Amuro, who has a broad fan base across Asia, turned up the heat in Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday as the ...

Tokyo International Film Festival announces opening, closing films and pre-festival screening of 2017 award-winner

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 20:02
It was announced this past week that the Tokyo International Film Festival will kick off its 31st edition on Oct. 25 with the film “A ...

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