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Tomoko Keira’s ‘The Spirit of Huci’: A year of living with an Ainu elder — review

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 06:34
One part Ainu cookbook and three parts a cultural record of Ainu values and beliefs, Tomoko Keira's "The Spirit of Huci" offers, for the first ...

Free video streaming offers some gems — if you can find them

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:42
Free services let you watch thousands of movies and TV shows online, but using them feels like wandering through a low-rent, digital version of Blockbuster ...

Younger animators still struggling amid anime boom

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 02:00
By all outward appearances, Japan’s animation industry is thriving. A recent report by The Association for Japanese Animations indicates the industry’s worth as a whole ...

‘Kakegurui’: A high-stakes high school battle

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 01:59
Japanese films set in high schools are now about as common as cherry trees in Tokyo. This makes box-office sense: Japanese teens read a lot ...

‘Cheer Boys!!’: Cheerleading, but not much to cheer for

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 01:58
Most athletes live in fear of the fateful injury that derails their career, but when university freshman Haruki (Ryusei Yokohama) damages his shoulder during judo ...

Night Tempo: Scavenging for samples from the ’70s and ’80s

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 19:20
Jung Kyung-ho came to an artistic crossroads last year. The South Korean producer creating music under the name Night Tempo was trying to figure out ...

Miwa Komatsu: An artist’s vision of Shinto and its divine beings

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 02:30
‘When I was in elementary school, I was taking a nap under a tree in my garden. Then I had a dream, that would later ...

Gustav Klimt: Behind all that glitters

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 02:29
Decorative gold surfaces and images of radiant women define the work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) for many people. The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’s current exhibition, ...

‘TOP Collection: Reading Images — The Stories of Four Places’

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 02:28
May 14-Aug. 4Featuring photographs selected from over 35,000 works housed at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, “Reading Images — The Stories of Four Places” is ...

‘Japanese Bamboo Art From New York: The Abbey Collection’

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 02:27
May 18-June 30This traveling exhibition, which first showcased at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2017, brings to Oita a selection of ...

‘Celebration: Japanese-Polish Contemporary Art Exhibition’

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 02:26
May 18-June 23To celebrate Japan and Poland’s 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Kyoto Art Center explores the similarities of the two nations’ artistic sensibilities and ...

K-Pop stardom lures young Japanese hopefuls to South Korea despite diplomatic chill

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 23:52
Yuuka Hasumi put high school on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if ...

CBS News names new evening anchor, revamps morning show

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 12:02
Norah O’Donnell will become anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News” and Gayle King is getting two new morning show co-hosts as CBS ...

Da Vinci ‘claw hand’ may have impaired later art: study

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 02:18
Leonardo da Vinci may have suffered traumatic nerve damage that left him with a “claw hand,” impairing his ability to paint in later life, a ...

Tales of Leonardo, Italy’s enigmatic genius

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 02:18
Here are some anecdotes about Leonardo’s extraordinary life and work. ‘Fake news’ on death An 1818 painting by French artist Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres shows Leonardo ...

New ‘Ultraman’ anime is a family affair

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 02:00
Now a proud father of an slightly insecure superhero son, Ultraman has evolved not only stylistically but also emotionally for the new Netflix anime.

‘The Forest of Wool and Steel’: Music and nature intertwine to paint a portrait of growth — review

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:57
Natsu Miyashita's "The Forest of Wool and Steel" is a mesmerizing reading experience, a slow journey in how one young person renders an occupation into ...

Lafcadio Hearn’s ‘Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan’: Reveling in the remote and mystical — review

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:36
Lafcadio Hearn's "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" is an unmissable book offering a visceral, firsthand experience of a Japan now largely vanished.

Come face to face with human mortality in Yukio Mishima’s ‘The Temple of Dawn’ — review

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:34
A strange and uneven novel, Yukio Mishima's "The Temple of Dawn," the third volume in the "Sea of Fertility" tetralogy, is an elegy to the ...

Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo receives sixth Isamu Noguchi Award in N.Y.

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 05:44
Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, founder and head of the Comme des Garcons brand, received the sixth annual Isamu Noguchi Award in a ceremony Thursday ...