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Conductor Mariss Jansons dies at 76; led top orchestras

Sun, 12/01/2019 - 15:11
Mariss Jansons, the conductor who led top classical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, has died in Russia. ...

New York-born Irving Burgie, writer of calypso hit ‘Day-O,’ dies at 95

Sun, 12/01/2019 - 06:16
Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” has died at the age ...

‘Travels with a Writing Brush’: 1,000 years of travel writing, united by a poetic thread

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 06:55
From "The Tale of Genji" to Matsuo Basho, Meredith McKinney travels across Japan through 1,000 years of Japanese poetry.

‘My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life’: Well-intentioned diversity misses the mark

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 06:36
Props to Rachel Cohn for attempting to add some much-needed diversity into Japanese literature with "My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life." Unfortunately, it falls flat.

‘Kojiki: The Birth of Japan’: Picture this, a nation’s creation myth

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 06:34
Artist Kazumi Wilds retells Japan's creation myth, the "Kojiki," through vivid and accessible illustrations.

Ep. 24 ‘Pink Rose’

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 03:12
This week's episode of "Terrace House" treated us to two roommate pairings, two dates and two very different outcomes.

K-pop star Jung Joon-young imprisoned for gang rape and sharing sex videos

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 00:51
South Korean K-pop singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young was convicted Friday of gang rape, as well as secretly filming and distributing illicit sex videos of his partners, ...

Play it again: Listening to the best Japanese music from the 2010s

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 19:30
Let us whisk you away to 2049, the end of a decade in which music fans have mined the record collections of their parents, bringing ...

Eclectic offerings at Hawaii International Film Festival

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 19:29
Hikari's "37 Seconds" takes the main prize at the festival, which presented a varied program of films focusing on the Asia-Pacific region

Capitalizing on the pull of experimental Japanese theater

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 19:30
The latest play by Shuntaro Matsubara, "Memorial," sees the playwright team up with a new director for the first time, after a string of successes ...

‘The Sower’: Revealing the roots of a family’s grief

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 19:27
The debut feature by painter-turned-filmmaker Yosuke Takeuchi was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, as well as by events in Takeuchi's own life.

‘Human Lost’: Osamu Dazai’s classic novel gets lost in sci-fi technobabble

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 19:25
A futuristic update of 'No Longer Human,' the latest computer-animated film from Polygon Pictures takes liberties with the source material.

Australian ex-pat writer and TV critic Clive James dead at 80

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 13:32
Clive James, an expatriate Australian writer and broadcaster who wrote incisively and often hilariously about television, literature and current affairs, has died aged 80, his ...

Tomoe Sawa: The singer bridging the Japan-South Korea divide

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 19:59
Tomoe Sawa, the first person to legally sing in Japanese in South Korea after the Second World War, hopes to improve ties between the two ...

Ryonosuke Shimomura: An eclectic rule breaker

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 19:58
At school, Ryonosuke Shimomura conceived art techniques that led one teacher to think he was color blind. Yet his unusual approach led him to become ...

‘Treasures from Budapest: European and Hungarian Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery’

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 19:57
Dec. 4-March 16, 2020To celebrate 150 years of Japan-Hungary diplomatic relations, two of Hungary’s largest museums — the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the ...

‘Takumi Shinagawa Exhibition: Combination Form’

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 19:56
Nov. 30-Feb. 9, 2020A graduate of a crafts and design high school in Tokyo in 1928, Takumi Shinagawa (1908-2009) first continued his studies under a ...

‘Kenjiro Okazaki: Retrospective Strata’

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 19:55
Nov. 23-Feb. 24, 2020Since his first solo exhibition in 1981, Kenjiro Okazaki has pursued various genres, including sculpture, painting, film, media arts, architecture, textiles, scenography, ...

Robert Redford warns in open letter of ‘dictator-like’ Trump, urges voters to veto his return

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:02
Legendary U.S. actor Robert Redford hit out at the Trump administration on Tuesday in a scathing open letter warning that America faced a “dictator-like” attack ...

China fans desert K-pop star for ‘liking’ Hong Kong protest tweet

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 23:53
A South Korean pop star has become the latest celebrity to spark anger on the Chinese internet after he “liked” a tweet about the divisive ...