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Johnny Kitagawa: The mogul who defined and controlled Japan’s entertainment industry

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 02:58
Few in the history of Japan’s entertainment industry have wielded more power than talent manager Johnny Kitagawa.Kitagawa primarily flexed this influence through Johnny & Associates ...

The Let’s Go’s: Guitar, bass, drums, vocals and plenty of beer

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 02:10
The Let’s Go’s are a celebration of pure rock ‘n’ roll energy.Dressed in matching, vivid, cherry-red outfits, the Tokyo trio delivers upbeat tunes with infectious ...

‘Tourism’: Not quite the trip of a lifetime

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 02:09
Taking a pleasure trip abroad used to be a big, once-in-a-lifetime event for the average Japanese. The No. 1 dream destination was Hawaii, since it ...

‘Five Million Dollar Life’: Assessing the value of a single life

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 02:08
The weight of expectations — from family, friends, community — can be tough on any young person. Now imagine those people once paid $5 million ...

Japanese artists mourn death of Johnny Kitagawa

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 01:48
The entertainment industry on Wednesday mourned the death of Johnny Kitagawa, the founder of one of Japan’s most powerful talent agencies, which shot a long ...

Woody Allen says Trump has sparked ‘best’ satire in years

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:29
Oscar-winning director Woody Allen, who is known for his intellectual comedies, said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has generated the best satirical humor in the ...

Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi concert, says she wants to support rights of women, gays, free speech

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:09
Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women’s rights, gay rights and ...

Johnny Kitagawa, founder of talent agency that launched numerous boy bands, dead at 87

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 07:47
Johnny Kitagawa, president and founder of Johnny & Associates, a top Japanese talent agency that produced a number of popular male idol groups over several ...

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 02:30
Tokyo’s cozy 60-odd-seat Komaba Agora Theater isn’t perhaps where you would expect a cutting-edge multilingual drama experiment to be staged, but that’s just where Oriza ...

How folk craft found its place in the art world

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 02:29
"Japanese Tableware" highlights the passion with which Soetsu Yanagi — one of the founding fathers of the Japanese folk crafts movement — appreciated artisanal works ...

‘Visible Nature / Invisible Nature: Lois Weinberger’

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 02:28
July 13-Oct. 20Born in 1947 in a village in Tyrol — a mountainous region of Austria — Lois Weinberger grew up drawing plants and animals. ...

‘Children and Adults: What Does This Look Like?’

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 02:27
July 13-Sept. 23Highlighting the materials, techniques and expressions of 60 eye-catching works selected from the Ashiya City Museum of Art and History’s contemporary art collection, ...

‘Izumi Kato: Like a Rolling Snowball’

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 02:26
July 13-Jan. 13, 2020Izumi Kato began his career as a painter during the 1990s and later focused on wooden sculptures from the 2000s. Now based ...

‘Operaholic’ Placido Domingo, 78, powers into record books

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 16:36
When Peter Gelb took over New York’s legendary Metropolitan Opera in 2006, one of his jobs was to organize a farewell for Placido Domingo.But 13 ...

Kevin Spacey accuser denies deleting texts about alleged groping

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 16:32
The man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016 denied Monday deleting or altering any text messages ...

Stevie Wonder tells London concert crowd he will have kidney transplant

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 12:19
Stevie Wonder has revealed he will take a break from music to undergo a kidney transplant later this year.The legendary U.S. singer-songwriter told a crowd ...

Brazilians mourn death of bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto, 88

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 12:12
Brazilians — most of them at least — are mourning the loss of Joao Gilberto, one of the inventors of bossa nova music, which gained ...

Singer Stevie Wonder says he will undergo a kidney transplant in fall

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 05:10
Stevie Wonder surprised concert goers in London on Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from performing so that he can receive ...

Hot new Japan book releases for the sweltering summer

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 06:56
Time travel, yakuza, street photography and more feature in the best upcoming J-Lit releases for this summer (and beyond).

‘The Last Train’: High-stakes crime in glitzy Roppongi

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 06:36
"The Last Train" is a fast-paced police procedural with well-crafted prose, but suffers from a series of minor research errors.