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Okisawa sets firsts for international conductor competition

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 01:04
Young, up-and-coming Japanese conductor Nodoka Okisawa won first prize at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting earlier this month.Launched in 1967, the competition has ...

Masaaki Yuasa: Anime for the discerning fan

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 00:57
Masaaki Yuasa is one of the most exciting directors working in Japanese animation today, with a three-decade career behind him. Yet until last year, you ...

Amid Japan’s multitude of music festivals, Frue is worth celebrating

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 00:34
As the opening set started at Festival de Frue last year, it was clear the organizers wouldn’t be making a profit. Quirky J-pop act Wednesday ...

Artist gives the saxophone a Japanese-style makeover

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 02:15
For Yurie Akaiwa, what began as a graduation project at the University of Toyama has turned into a unique artistic endeavor that fuses Japanese art ...

‘Ten Years Japan’: Chilling and sharp, these five shorts are a must-see for fans of ‘Black Mirror’

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 02:14
In 2015, a dystopian omnibus film by five young directors from Hong Kong titled “Ten Years” became an indie hit. Envisioning the deteriorating state of ...

Junji Sakamoto points his camera at small-town Japan in ‘Another World’

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 02:13
Born in Osaka in 1958, Junji Sakamoto belongs to a generation of Japanese directors who carved out independent paths in the industry, outside the then-defunct ...

Angelina Jolie, as U.N. envoy, seeks support for Venezuelan refugees

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:25
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie said Tuesday the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans from their country has led to a “shocking” migrant crisis in ...

It’s pop, but complicated: Tokyo Shiokouji takes minimalism in new directions

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 02:45
Fuji Rock Festival’s Rookie A Go-Go stage has served as a springboard for bands from Asian Kung-Fu Generation to Chai, but each year it draws ...

Kazuo Okada’s all-star cast of Asian art

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 02:44
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone is bringing out all its major works by the masters — from 16th- ...

‘Resistance of Fog: Fujiko Nakaya’

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 02:43
Oct. 27-Jan. 20Acclaimed as the first artist to use fog as a medium in art during the 1970s, Fujiko Nakaya has since presented more than ...

‘Munch: A Retrospective’

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 02:42
Oct. 27-Jan. 20One of the most significant artists of modernism, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) portrayed aspects of the human existence — love, despair, jealousy and loneliness ...

‘Fujiwo Ishimoto: From Marimekko Flowers to Ceramic Fruits’

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 02:41
Oct. 27- Dec. 16The verdant landscapes and abundant nature of Ehime Prefecture and Finland inspire Fujito Ishimoto, a textile and ceramics artist, perhaps best known ...

Hidden in diaries, untold stories of Boko Haram’s female survivors feature in film

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 17:20
Untold stories of young Nigerian women kidnapped by Boko Haram highlight a documentary debuting on Monday that reveals diaries kept by survivors forbidden from talking ...

PBS docuseries ‘Native America’ re-creates cultures pre-1492

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 14:28
The story of Native America taught in U.S. public schools usually begins at contact with European explorers. Children then get lessons about Thanksgiving, maybe the ...

Thai filmmaker creates an intimate portrait of girl group BNK48

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 20:35
Thai filmmaker Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit wasn’t sure whether to believe it when he was offered unfettered, behind-the-scenes access into the normally closely guarded and secretive world ...

London film fest resurrects comedic universality of Laurel and Hardy

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 17:01
Laurel and Hardy, perhaps the greatest comedy double act in cinema history, returned to London on Sunday, twiddling their bowler hats to a delighted West ...

Jamie Lee Curtis is back: ‘Halloween’ scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 14:18
Forty years after he first appeared in theaters, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences for a good scare.Universal Pictures said Sunday that “Halloween” took ...

Time reimagined through Grand Seiko’s installation project

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 02:45
Dramatizing the flow of time in the form of an art installation, Seiko Watch Corp. is taking part in the Designart Tokyo 2018 event through ...

Japonismes 2018 seeks to break down cultural stereotypes

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 07:00
A stupendous full autumn moon, bright orange and fat, flashes intermittently between the nondescript high-rise flats and offices on the drive to Charles de Gaulle ...

Fierce and inventive, Yuko Tsushima’s oeuvre goes beyond the ‘I-novel’ genre

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 06:56
Early on, Yuko Tsushima broke the boundaries of the traditional Japanese I-novel, giving voice to a voiceless minority by authentically depicting the struggles of single ...

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