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Suicide note written by pro wrestler and ‘Terrace House’ star Hana Kimura discovered

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An apparent suicide note written by Hana Kimura, the 22-year-old professional wrestler and cast member of the internationally popular Netflix reality show “Terrace House,” was ...

Fifty years of Doraemon, and still there are lessons to be learned

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:56
The original “Doraemon” comics, published in 1970, are not only a great read, but a fun resource for learning Japanese.

‘The Swamp’: One good thing to come out of 2020

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:50
Now aged 82, the influential manga artist Yoshiharu Tsuge has finally allowed translation of 11 of his works as “The Swamp.”

Pro wrestler and ‘Terrace House’ star Hana Kimura dies at 22

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 09:14
Professional wrestler and current cast member of the Netflix series “Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020” Hana Kimura was confirmed dead Saturday by World Wonder Wing Stardom, ...

Novelist Haruki Murakami takes to the airwaves ‘to blow away’ virus blues

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 08:05
Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said ...

Daiki Tsuneta: From the top of the charts to the great unknown

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 03:00
King Gnu frontman, Daiki Tsuneta, heads for further glory as he pushes forward with his side project, Millennium Parade.

Ayumi Hamasaki TV drama stays on the right side of absurdity

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 02:55
A new drama series highlighting the life of the J-pop star at her peak has fascinated viewers with its hammed-up acting and over-the-top antics.

Torel-produced films show just why Japanese indies need support

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 02:50
With the closures of small theaters threatening the survival of the indie scene, many in the industry have looked to online streaming to stay afloat.

Japanese movie distributors’ survival plot takes online twist

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 02:45
Struggling to cope with the pandemic, some film distributors in Japan have been releasing material online. Cinema chains are not happy about the move.

California to reopen filming, but coronavirus hub Los Angeles is ‘weeks behind’

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 07:02
California will unveil plans to reopen its world-famous entertainment industry next week but coronavirus hotspot Los Angeles faces further delays, the state’s governor said Wednesday.Film ...

Japan’s acting troupes turn your home into a stage

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 03:10
With the curtains remaining closed at theaters across Japan, some acting troupes are adopting new methods of reaching their audiences.

Think you streamed everything? Dig up these classics on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 03:05
Cinemas have cautiously started to reopen in parts of Japan, but many of us are still having to sit tight and do all our movie-viewing ...

‘Conan, The Boy in Future’: Finding joy in a post-apocalyptic anime classic

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 03:00
For the past three weeks, my partner and I have stayed up Sunday past midnight to watch NHK’s remastered rerun of “Conan, The Boy in ...

The suspended traveler’s reading list

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 12:59
Travel writing can change your life, or at least nudge it in a different direction. In these troubled times, it can also console and inspire.

‘The Tatar Whirlwind’: A regional romp of pirates and princesses

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 12:57
The 17th century provided boundless material for the setting of Ryotaro Shiba’s final novel, “The Tatar Whirlwind.”

Ep. 41 ‘Life-Threatening Date’

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 06:13
After announcing that production on “Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020” was going on hiatus and then going quiet on us for a few weeks, Netflix released ...

Looking ahead to post-coronavirus clubbing

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 03:00
As some of Tokyo's clubs face permanent closure as a result of COVID-19, others look to the future and ways of ensuring they survive the ...

Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda ditches the cinema in favor of an online release for his new film, ‘Zero’

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 03:00
With COVID-19 having hit Japan's independent film industry hard, filmmakers such as Kazuhiro Soda are looking for new ways to reach their audiences.

‘The Benza’ proves that toilet humor is universal

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 02:57
“The Benza," a series on Amazon Prime Video about an epic quest to replace a broken toilet seat, was inspired by actor Christopher McCombs’ real-life ...

Asia-themed film festivals migrate online amid COVID-19

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 02:50
Overseas film festivals that specialize in Japanese and other Asian fare are taking their programs online to survive the coronavirus. Overseas film festivals that specialize ...