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Detroit-suburb home of late soul icon Aretha Franklin for sale at $800,000

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 16:44
The suburban Detroit home of the late “Queen of Soul” is for sale.Aretha Franklin’s 4,148-sq.-foot (385-sq.-meter) brick Colonial-style house in Bloomfield Township is listed for ...

Machina and Shohei Fujimoto pair up for a multimedia performance at Mutek

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 02:00
As Mutek gears up for its third edition in Japan, the festival, which originated in Montreal and now runs in regular installments around the world, ...

Kate Sikora carves out a space in Tokyo’s indie scene

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 01:59
Kate Sikora is an odd sort of import.Brought up in New Jersey, cutting her musical teeth as a student on New York’s live circuit and ...

‘Love At Least’: There’s a shadow looming over this tale of romance

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 01:58
Mental illness takes many forms, but depression is among the most baffling to family and friends, since the afflicted may be physically healthy and verbally ...

The ghosts that have been haunting cinema-goers in Japan for over a century

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 02:20
Twenty years ago, people packed theaters to watch a couple of Japanese teenagers view a strange videotape and soon after receive an ominous phone call ...

Kichizaemon Raku reads between Wols’ lines

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 02:19
Kichizaemon Raku, the eldest son of Kakunyu XIV, succeeded to the role as the 15th head of the revered Raku family of tea bowl craftsmen ...

‘Mingei: Another Kind of Art’

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 02:18
21_21 DESIGN SIGHTNov. 2-Feb. 24 In 1925, the Japanese philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi (1889-1961) coined the term “mingei” to refer to folk arts and crafts that ...

‘Hyslom Temporary Human’

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 02:17
SENDAI MEDIATHEQUENov. 3-Dec. 28 The art performance group Hyslom comprises three contemporary artists — Itaru Kato, Fuminori Hoshino and Yuu Yoshida — and aims to ...

‘The Fruit and Vegetable in East Asian Painting’

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 02:16
SEN-OKU HAKUKO KAN (KYOTO)Nov. 3-Dec. 9 The symbolic use of fruit and vegetable imagery in East Asian paintings can be traced as far back as ...

‘Attack on Titan’ manga to become Hollywood live-action movie

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 23:52
The popular manga series “Attack on Titan” will get a Hollywood live-action film adaptation by Andy Muschietti, who directed the horror movie “It,” publisher Kodansha ...

Native son Matthew McConaughey gives back to first responders in Texas visit

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 16:33
Firefighters, police officers and 911 operators in Texas got a surprise lunch from a famous son as Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey showed up with roasted turkey ...

Duchamp and Japan: No rest for the urinal

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 01:00
If you want someone to blame for Banksy’s stunt of shredding “Girl With Balloon” after selling it for $1.4 million at auction, your prime suspect ...

Defining the Heisei Era: When anime and manga went global

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 07:00
The Heisei Era commenced after two gods fell in rapid succession. The first, Emperor Hirohito, was no longer officially a god, having repudiated his quasi-divine ...

‘Soseki: Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist’: A portrait of a brilliant man, neither happy nor endearing

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 06:55
Natsume Soseki, widely viewed as Japan's greatest literary figure, was a complicated man. A new full-length biography by John Nathan, "Soseki: Modern Japan's Greatest Novelist," ...

‘Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window’: Charming vignettes pay homage to an unconventional education

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 06:36
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi's "Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window" became a runaway bestseller when it debuted in Japanese in 1981, and has since been translated ...

No stories for the squeamish in Asa Nonami’s ‘Body’

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 06:34
In each macabre tale from the short story collection "Body," Asa Nonami zooms in on a particular superficial fixation of modern society and proceeds to ...

Japan selects five recipients for prestigious Order of Culture

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 02:13
The government said Friday it has selected five people to receive the country’s top cultural award this year, including 84-year-old playwright and critic Masakazu Yamazaki.The ...

Swamp rock bluesman, hit songwriter of ‘Polk Salad Annie’ fame Tony Joe White dies at 75

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:05
A record label representative says Tony Joe White, the country bluesman and hit songwriter behind such successes as “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in ...

Megyn Kelly absent from NBC morning show following blackface comments

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 14:16
Megyn Kelly was absent from her NBC News morning show on Thursday following this week’s controversy over her comments about blackface, amid indications that her ...

Asian presence dominates Tokyo International Film Festival red carpet

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:18
The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off Thursday with a notable dearth of Hollywood stars, namely the two who star in the opening movie.Despite ...

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