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Reborn-Art Festival: A Tohoku community gets a new lease on life

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 06:30
Climbing the stairs of Ishinomaki’s first department store, built in 1930, I can hear the sound of a man singing and the gentle strumming of ...

Ep. 11 ‘Broccoli Pasta, Carbonara Style’

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 22:44
There wasn’t all that much love triangle drama this week and I am so okay with that. Instead, we got an eyeful of Shohei, Kaori ...

Country icon Willie Nelson, 86, cancels tour dates over breathing issues

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 16:37
Country legend Willie Nelson has canceled the rest of his tour set to run for 30 more shows over a breathing problem.“To my fans, I’m ...

Beatles fans come together for 50th anniversary of Abbey Road photo

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 16:36
Around a thousand Beatles fans came together in London on Thursday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band making their iconic zebra crossing picture ...

Marking 30 years since Takeshi Kitano’s debut feature, “Violent Cop”

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 23:40
On Aug. 12, 1989, “Beat” Takeshi Kitano’s debut as a director, “Violent Cop,” was released in Japan. Kitano was already famous here as a TV ...

Shoji Kawamori: 40 years spent designing an anime future

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 23:33
If you’ve watched any robot anime in the past 40 years, there’s a decent chance Shoji Kawamori had a hand in it.Kawamori, whose four decades ...

Fox’s Tucker Carlson draws fire for calling white supremacy ‘a hoax’

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 14:05
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is under fire for his comments declaring white supremacy a hoax.Carlson said on his prime-time show on Tuesday that he’d ...

‘The Naked Director’: A story of naked ambition and dubious morals

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 02:00
Since it launched here in September 2015, Netflix has built a long list of Japanese programming, from the hit reality series “Terrace House” to the ...

‘Paradise Next’: When the music is better than the story

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 01:59
The lone, wandering gangster is as standard a figure in Japanese cinema as the lone, wandering samurai. Traditionally, both fought out of a self-imposed sense ...

Chanmina’s ‘Never Grow Up’ delivers pop hooks and hip-hop heartache

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 01:58
The J-pop world could use a few more artists like Chanmina. In the leap from high-school MC battles to the commercial mainstream, she has managed ...

Toni Morrison, first African-American Nobel literary laureate, dead at 88

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 11:09
Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of America’s best loved writers, has died following a brief ...

Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 02:20
In an effort to reach a broader audience ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Japan’s National Theatre is accommodating international guests of traditional ...

Reading between the brushstrokes

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 02:19
"What Do You See When You Look at Pictures?," the current exhibition at the Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, presents itself as an exercise ...

‘Hand as Form, Hand as Power’

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 02:18
Aug. 9-Sept. 21One of the most expressive features of the human body, hands have played various symbolic roles in art throughout the history of humankind. ...

‘Syncopation: Contemporary Encounters With the Modern Masters’

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 02:17
Aug. 10-Dec. 1The Pola Museum of Art, which is best-known for its wide range of works by Claude Monet (1840-1926), Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Pablo ...

‘Masterworks of the Kyoto National Museum: Temple and Shrine Treasures’

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 02:16
Aug. 14-Sept. 16Founded in the late 19th century, the Kyoto National Museum was originally a repository for sacred treasures owned by temples and shrines. Some ...

Spectral sightings at Zenshoan Temple

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 02:00
Tokyo's Yanaka district ghosts are back to haunt the public via rakugo storyteller Sanyutei Encho's collection of spooky paintings.

Chindonya: The beat goes on

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 07:00
Flaunting a crisp white kimono embroidered with flowers and a ferocious-looking lion-dog, Hisashi Nagata beats a chindon taiko drum set strapped to his chest as ...

Riusuke Fukahori: Seeing oneself on the other side of the water’s surface

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:57
Though Riusuke Fukahori is now so famous that his name is almost synonymous with goldfish both in Japan and overseas, he didn't always have the ...

How Japan’s modern literature came under Nietzsche’s spell

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:38
To truly understand some of 20th-century Japan's most iconic literary works, you have to go back to ancient Greek tragedy and the "Dionysian" philosophy of ...