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Diversity of Japan’s video game industry on show in Tokyo

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 23:53
2019's Tokyo Game Show saw a range of new titles displayed, with prominence given to the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, Death Stranding and new ...

Taking hip-hop dancing from Japan to the continent

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 23:50
Hip-hop dancer Reina has dispensed with school in favor of dedicating her life to her art, and regularly travels across Asia to deliver dance classes ...

Stars align: Brad Pitt and James Gray take a giant leap with ‘Ad Astra’

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:36
Brad Pitt made the first move with James Gray.In 1995, he saw Gray’s debut “Little Odessa” and decided to call up the young filmmaker behind ...

Scoring a try against gender barriers

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 03:00
In the late 1980s, a group of Japanese women came together to form the country's first female rugby club, efforts that have been immortalized in ...

‘Liberty Fields’: Short on duration but lacking nothing in emotion

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:59
Mackenzie Sheppard's short take on the birth of women's rugby in Japan is a lesson in inspiration, emotion and breaking down barriers

‘No Longer Human’: A biopic with no decent biography

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:58
Mika Ninagawa's "No Longer Human" tells the story of celebrated Japanese author Osamu Dazai, with a particular focus on his turbulent love life

‘Hello World’: Kyodo as you’ve never seen it before

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:57
Tomohiko Ito's anime feature "Hello World" sees the breaking down of the borders between present and future, and the perils and pitfalls of comupter-generated worlds

‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek says he’s resumed chemotherapy

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 12:21
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again.Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” ...

Taking classic musical West Side Story to new heights

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 02:00
Director David Saint brings West Side Story to IHI Stage Around Tokyo, with his ambitious and multi-stage production being run first with a Broadway cast ...

An enlightening buildup to Viennese modernism

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 01:59
"Vienna on the Path to Modernism" at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, is essentially an illustrated history of sociopolitical developments leading to the city ...

‘Masterpieces from the Musee de L’Orangerie: Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection’

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 01:58
Sept. 21-Jan. 13, 2020The Musee de L’Orangerie in Paris is well-known for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces amassed by Paul Guillaume (1891-1934), one ...

‘Shigeo Toya: Body of the Gaze’

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 01:57
Sept. 21-Oct. 19Since 1988, Saitama-based sculptor Shigeo Toya has won multiple awards, including the Asian Award at the Gwangju Biennale in 2000 and Japan’s Purple ...

‘Shiga-kinbi Art Spot Project Vol.2: “Symbiosis”‘

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 01:56
Sept. 21-Oct. 20In the city of Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, there are two main areas, both called Taisanji but spelled with different kanji. Though phonetically sounding ...

Brad Pitt asks ISS astronaut: Who was better? George Clooney or me?

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:33
Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie “Ad Astra,” had a burning question for a real-life astronaut.“Who was more believable? Clooney or Pitt?” In ...

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ center stage at Rome film fest

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:35
Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” will take centre stage at the upcoming Rome Film Festival, with key cast members from the Netflix movie expected to attend ...

Rocker Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, dead at 75

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 00:48
Ric Ocasek, the frontman of synth-heavy new wave innovators The Cars, was found dead Sunday in New York, police said. He was 75 years old.The ...

Nazi comedy ‘Jojo Rabbit’ wins Toronto film fest prize

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 12:32
“Jojo Rabbit” on Sunday won the Toronto film festival’s top prize, an Oscars bellwether that gives the satirical Nazi comedy a boost as Hollywood’s award ...

In the shadow of giants: Are high-rise condominiums in Japan destroying local communities?

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 06:59
Ryuzo Oyama’s family has been living in Tsukishima since his grandfather’s generation. | ALEX MARTIN Ryuzo Oyama and his family have been living in Tsukishima, ...

‘World Class’: What a world class education looks like, and what it doesn’t

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 06:57
"World Class," by Teru Clavel is an examination of what a top-tier education system — and its opposite — looks like.

Mimei Ogawa: The father of modern Japanese children’s literature

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 06:34
Often referred to as the Japanese Hans Christian Andersen, Mimei Ogawa's (1882-1961) numerous children's stories and fairy tales elevated the literary genre from simplistic tales ...