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Udine film festival can teach Japanese directors a few things about international appeal

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:27
I’ve been an adviser to the Udine Far East Film Festival since 2000. The event, held in Udine, Italy, is the largest festival in Europe ...

‘The Shoot Must Go On’: Masayoshi Sukita captures some of rock music’s most iconic figures

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:15
Even if you don’t recognize the name, you probably know his shots. Photographer Masayoshi Sukita has captured images of rock gods and movie stars that ...

Happiness makes hit songs: study

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:58
Hit songs today are “happier,” more danceable and more likely to be sung by women than songs that fail to make it to the charts, ...

John Travolta dances his way through Cannes again with ‘Gotti’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:19
John Travolta first came to Cannes 40 years ago while promoting “Grease,” and he’s still dancing along the Croisette.The 64-year-old actor returned to the Cannes ...

Hyoe Yamamoto dives into Japan’s culture of corporate corruption in ‘Samurai and Idiots: The Olympus Affair’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:00
Speaking as a Japanese person, it’s a bit disheartening to see the words “samurai” and “idiot” in the same sentence. Filmmaker Hyoe Yamamoto’s documentary “Samurai ...

Violinist Aiko Goto returns to Japan with an Australian orchestra in tow

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:59
Aiko Goto is excited to be going home. The violinist has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 1998 and it has been ...

‘Mori, the Artist’s Habitat’: A delightful dip into a creator’s world

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:58
Fact-checking biopics is an easy game for critics to play since nearly all films about real people fudge facts or even outright lie to tell ...

Vain, status-hungry author Tom Wolfe remembered in passing at 88 as ‘a magician’ with words

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 14:32
You only had to look at him — in his white suits and two-tone shoes — or read such books as “The Bonfire of the ...

Three dancers seek to redefine the contemporary form of their art in ‘Dan-su Series 3’

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:30
Contemporary dance seemed to enter the wider arts consciousness in Japan around the turn of the century, when there was a pronounced upsurge in the ...

Noritaka Minami’s city of broken dreams

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:29
Noritaka Minami's aerial photographs of the failed urban project of California City in the Mojave Desert are quietly devastating. Purposefully using high-ISO film that shows ...

‘Takehisa Yumeji: Master of Japanese Modern Illustration’

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:28
May 19-July 1Though Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) was known as a painter and poet, he also worked in other fields including designing chiyogami (decorative washi paper) ...

‘Lithography: Around the Stone’

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:27
May 21-Aug. 19The work of 10 contemporary print artists have been brought together for this exhibition highlighting the characteristics of lithography, showcasing modern printing techniques, ...


Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:26
May 17-June 3Osaka native Jun Koshino is a graduate of the Graduate School of Kyoto City University of Arts, where he specialized in oil painting. ...

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the ‘Superman’ franchise, dies at 69

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:31
Margot Kidder, the Canadian actress who starred as a salty and cynical Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” film franchise of the 1970s ...

With exposes, book, Pulitzer and TV deals, Ronan Farrow on run of a lifetime

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 18:45
Perhaps the least surprising aspect of The New Yorker magazine’s story on abuse allegations against New York’s attorney general last week was Ronan Farrow’s name ...

Famed French-Armenian crooner Charles Aznavour, 93, fractures arm in fall but Japan tour still on

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 16:50
French-Armenian singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour has fractured his arm in a fall at his home, his press attache said Saturday, adding that the 93-year-old was not ...

Childish Gambino video targeting gun violence and racism gets 100 million hits

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 16:44
A graphic music video by Childish Gambino has racked up more than 100 million views in just over a week on YouTube with its powerful ...

Twenty-five years in the company of Maywa Denki

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 06:37
Maywa Denki, Japan's "parallel-world electric company" celebrates quarter of a century of wacky art performances, peculiar gadgets and lots of humor.

Israel’s Netta Barzilai wins Eurovision Song Contest

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 22:33
LISBONReuters Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon on Saturday, bringing Israel its fourth victory in the glitzy pageant, watched by over ...

Where would we be without the words of Japanese women?

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 06:38
Often overlooked, female writers in Japan, such as Ichiyo Higuchi and Raicho Hiratsuka, have a staying power that surpasses their male contemporaries. To help ...