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British, Japanese or somewhere in between? Kazuo Ishiguro questions nationhood from the ‘third space’

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 06:55
Ishiguro has always seen himself as a British writer and dislikes being pegged to his Japanese origins. Still, he admits that the matter is complex.

Documentary tells dark tale of triplets separated at birth as part of study, and surviving pair want transparency

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 17:59
The new documentary “Three Identical Strangers” is about identical triplets who were separated at birth as part of an ethically dubious research study that began ...

‘Japan’s grandmother’ Kirin Kiki has defied conventions throughout her long film career

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 20:49
Now 75, Kirin Kiki is everyone’s favorite Japanese grandmother, a role she has been playing for years now on big screens and small. But she ...

Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 20:48
When life gave her lemons, film star Kirin Kiki didn’t make lemonade, but wild grass enzyme juice.It’s the only thing that has satisfied her taste ...

‘Papa Joe’ Jackson, task-master patriarch of musical Jackson family, dies at 89

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 14:22
Joseph Jackson, the fearsome stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings, who took his family from poverty and launched a musical ...

The mind games of choreographer Philippe Decoufle

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 03:00
Choreographer Philippe Decoufle describes his new circus-inspired show, “Nouvelles Pieces Courtes” (“New Short Pieces”), as a “sort of visual and physical mind game.”That’s not surprising ...

‘The Name’: Ren Komai’s performance raises a multilayered drama

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 02:59
What’s in a name? On one level, it’s how you identify yourself to yourself (as in dorky name, dorky self-image). On another, it’s your social ...

‘Punk Samurai Slash Down’: An audacious adaptation that may look better on paper

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 02:58
One of the frequent complaints lodged against the Japanese film industry is that producers are reluctant to bankroll anything that isn’t based on an existing ...

David Lynch claims presidential praise was taken out of context, says Trump is ‘causing suffering and division’

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 18:42
David Lynch accused President Donald Trump on Tuesday of “causing suffering and division” as the filmmaker clarified what looked like a glowing endorsement days earlier.Lynch ...

Frequent Fox guest sues NPR for $57 million over reports on DNC staffer’s slaying, conspiracy theories

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 14:23
A Dallas-based investor who was a frequent guest on Fox News is suing NPR for $57 million in damages over a series of 2017 reports ...

Behind the ever-changing sound of Wednesday Campanella

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 03:00
It’s a sure bet that when Wednesday Campanella plays a festival lineup, frontwoman Kom_I will steal the show.She’s brave, never hesitant to jump into a ...

Yokoyama Taikan: Driven by loyalty

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:59
Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) is inarguably the definitive artist in creating pictorial and organizational frameworks inaugurating and furthering modern nihonga (Japanese painting.

‘Jomon: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan’

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:58
July 3-Sept. 2Japan’s era of hunter-gatherers, the Jomon period, is dated from 10,000-200 B.C. Today, the tools and everyday objects made by the Jomon people ...

‘Izumi Kyoka “A Great Writer” & Ball Jointed Dolls: Spirited Away, Stray Into the Labyrinth, a Devildom Woman’

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:57
July 1-Sept. 24Izumi Kyoka (1873-1939) a Meiji (1868-1912) to Showa Era (1926-1989) author and scholar of literature often portrayed mysterious women in his supernatural tales. ...

‘Demokrato Artists from Kansai: Izumi Shigeru, Yamanaka Yoshikazu, Yoshida Toshitsugu and Yoshihara Hideo’

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:56
July 3- Sept. 17In 1951, Ei-Q (1911-60), an artist, photographer and printmaker, established the Democratic Artists Association, an avant-garde group that focused on producing art ...

Russell Crowe to play late Fox News founder Roger Ailes in new Showtime biopic

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 16:50
Russell Crowe will portray Roger Ailes in a new Showtime series about the late Fox News Channel founder.The eight-episode limited series is based on the ...

Roseanne Barr in interview: ‘I made myself a hate magnet’ with racist tweet

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 14:37
In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr says she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.”Barr recorded ...

Prolific, painfully candid ex-poet laureate Donald Hall dies at 89

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 14:32
Donald Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the ...

Masatoshi Naito: ‘The other face’ of Japan

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 03:10
When Masatoshi Naito first began researching Tohoku folklore, he expected to find places "haunted with a macabre atmosphere." Instead, he stumbled into a vivacious traditional ...

Can Japanese ‘light novels’ remain publishing heavyweights?

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 03:09
Two years ago, light novel publisher Kadokawa added Thailand to its list of foreign publishing investments, which already includes Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and ...