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An impeccable new biography of Richard Sorge, one of Russia’s master spies

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:54
Soviet spy Richard Sorge's story remains largely unknown to the Western world, but that's about to change with the publication of a remarkable new biography, ...

William Gibson’s ‘Idoru’: Tokyo sci-fi becomes full-blown reality

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:36
Satirical yet eerily plausible, William Gibson's "Idoru" is a complex sci-fi novel set in post-quake Tokyo that addresses the often negative impacts technology has on ...

Yusuke Kimura’s ‘Sacred Cesium Ground and Isa’s Deluge’: Tohoku refuses to be silenced

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:34
In Yusuke Kimura's two novellas, "Sacred Cesium Ground" and "Isa's Deluge," the aftermath of the 3/11 disaster plays out across two stories exploring the post-disaster ...

Haruki Murakami: Writing in parallel universe, connecting with a global readership

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 03:02
In Japan, it was the runaway best-seller status of "Norwegian Wood" (1987), his wistful tale of crushed innocence and young love that sold more than ...

K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrested for filming and sharing sex videos

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 21:24
K-pop star Jung Joon-young has been arrested, hours after he apologized for filming and distributing illicit sex videos, in a scandal that has rocked South ...

Tower Records goes all in on the vinyl trend with its new store, Tower Vinyl

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 23:38
Last year proved to be a pivotal one for streaming music in Japan. According to a report by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, 2018 ...

A new lease of life for Macoto Tezka’s cult classic ‘The Legend of the Stardust Brothers’

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 23:28
Like so many authors of cult movies, Macoto Tezka didn’t set out to make a commercial bomb. His debut feature, “The Legend of the Stardust ...

U.S. film tells story of Japanese boat exposed to 1954 nuclear test

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:30
For many Americans, the story of the Japanese fishing crew that was exposed to a U.S. hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean 65 years ...

‘Makuko’: Love, life and that same old E.T. story

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:29
The “visitor from another planet” story is doable, even for an indie filmmaker with no budget. All you need are aliens who have assumed human ...

‘Shinjuku Tiger’: A story of one man and his mask

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:28
Spend enough time on the streets of Shinjuku, and you’ll eventually spot a flamboyantly dressed figure in a tiger mask carrying fake flowers, stuffed animals ...

Stephen Colbert postpones visit to New Zealand after mosque attack

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:38
Talk show host Stephen Colbert has postponed what was supposed to be a surprise visit to New Zealand following the terrorist attack in Christchurch that ...

Jerry Lee Lewis, 83, cancels shows, is recovering from stroke

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:36
Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has been transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation center following a stroke last month, but will have ...

Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival offers a world of fascination

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:45
Held annually from 1990, save for 2007 when its host town was facing financial difficulties, the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival has become a little ...

Le Corbusier: Foundations of an architect

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:44
The National Museum of Western Art's survey of Le Corbusier is a revealing origins story that suggests his architectural creative vision may have had its ...

‘Joseph Cornell: Collage & Montage’

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:43
March 23-June 16American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is well-known for his assemblage artworks — surrealist arrangements of objects that he collected and framed inside handmade ...

‘The Treasures and the Tradition of “Lale” in the Ottoman Empire’

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:42
March 20-May 20On loan from the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, this collection of 170 treasures from the Ottoman Empire reflects the diverse cultures ...

‘This is Our Collection + Yinka Shonibare CBE: Flower Power’

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:41
March 21-May 26After two years of renovations, the Fukuoka Art Museum is reopening with its largest exhibition since its establishment in 1979. Three hundred exhibits ...

Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara ousted over relationship with actress

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:12
Warner Bros. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Tsujihara is leaving the studio over allegations that he had a sexual relationship with an actress he helped promote, ...

NY library opens archive dedicated to rocker Lou Reed

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:27
The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed.The library acquired the archive after performance artist and ...

South Korean president calls for investigation into K-Pop’s sex scandal

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:28
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for an investigation into a sex and corruption scandal involving Seoul’s nightclubs after a K-Pop star underwent questioning last ...

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