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Mariya Takeuchi: The pop genius behind 2018’s surprise online smash hit from Japan

14 hours 30 min ago
On the 40th anniversary of singer-songwriter Mariya Takeuchi's debut, The Japan Times sits down with the musician responsible for such classics as "Sutekina Holiday," "September" ...

‘On Haiku’: A lifetime’s consideration of the genre, distilled

14 hours 54 min ago
In his latest book, "On Haiku," Japanese translator and poet Hiroaki Sato ruminates on the history of the genre and its defining features as well ...

Touching on themes of loss and longing, Kaori Ekuni’s fiction retains a sense of lightness

14 hours 57 min ago
A prolific writer with over 50 works published in Japanese since 1987, Ekuni's recent novel, "Geckos, Frogs, and Butterflies," won her the 2015 Tanizaki Prize. ...

Cartoon bought years ago in Osaka turns out to be lost Disney film showing Mickey Mouse’s predecessor

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:40
When Yasushi Watanabe bought a cartoon film decades ago as a high school student in the city of Osaka, he had no idea he was ...

Japan-born writer Yoko Tawada wins prestigious U.S. literature award for ‘Kentoshi’

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 00:53
The English version of “Kentoshi,” or “The Emissary,” a work by Japanese writer Yoko Tawada, has won the U.S. National Book Award for Translated Literature.The ...

David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an Artist’ painting sets record after selling for $90 million at New York auction

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 20:53
A painting by British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living ...

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ star, dead at 85

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:16
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century and was known ...

Don’t worry too much over BTS

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 01:57
Throngs of fans packed Tokyo Dome on Tuesday and Wednesday to watch K-pop group BTS perform songs from across its five-year career. The crowd cheered, ...

The queen of kawaii: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu reflects on her reign

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 01:24
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s trip to the Museum of Death in Hollywood proved to be a 2018 highlight for the 25-year-old J-pop star.“I thought it would ...

When it came to racism, the pen was Stan Lee’s superpower

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 00:27
Stan Lee was a seminal part of Miya Crummell’s childhood. As a young, black girl and self-professed pop culture geek, she saw Lee was ahead ...

Manga artist draws on history for tales of politically powerful women

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 22:27
A feminist manga-style artist says she plans to use characters based on an Egyptian pharaoh and a Chinese empress to bring more female empowerment to ...

‘Hard-Core’: Of robots and socially marginalized men

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 22:27
Live-action manga adaptations — from weepy dramas about teenage love to goofy comedies set in fantasy worlds — usually reflect real life only at its ...

NHK unveils lineup for year-end music show — without K-pop group BTS

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 02:09
Public broadcaster NHK announced Wednesday the lineup for its annual New Year’s Eve music extravaganza, but K-pop group BTS — under fire recently for a ...

Deaf filmmaker Emilio Insolera flexes his superpowers with ‘Sign Gene’

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 04:00
Emilio Insolera’s “Sign Gene” gave the world its first deaf superheroes. But after writing, directing, producing and starring in the film himself, you might argue ...

Connecting Rubens and the Baroque

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 03:59
Suffering saints and sultry nudes — Peter Paul Rubens has them all. The Flemish painter (1577-1640) took on a variety of subject matter, and also ...

‘Hokusai and the Gourmets of Great Edo’

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 03:58
Ever since washoku (Japanese cuisine) was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013, interest in this country's dining culture has continued to increase ...

‘Challenges From the Other Side 1960s-80s’

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 03:57
Contemporary art began to diversify in terms of style after the mid-1950s, raising questions about existing systems and concepts surrounding art as a discipline.

‘Power of Ceramics: Modernism in Finnish Applied Arts’

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 03:56
At the Paris Exposition of 1900, Finland's pavilion drew praise for its design and garnered a lot of attention, and by the mid 20th century, ...

Canadian voice of HAL in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ dies at 90

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:26
Douglas Rain, the Canadian actor who voiced vengeful supercomputer HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a precursor of artificial intelligence in smartphones, ...

Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 14:25
Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, ...