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The art of video games: We’re not just playing around anymore

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 02:00
As comment on the gaming industry, and by extrapolation, the human condition, "In a Gamescape" at the NTT Intercommunication Center at times pretty merciless. But ...

‘Cherry’ Ingram: An homage to the British savior of Japan’s cherry blossoms

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 06:38
Naoko Abe's "'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms," an enchanting story about an Englishman's attempts to preserve Japan's rich cherry tree heritage in ...

‘Philosophers of Nothingness’: Philosophy built on quietly gripping human dramas

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 06:36
Heisig's "Philosophers of Nothingness" introduces the Kyoto School's three main philosophers: Kitaro Nishida, Hajime Tanabe and Keiji Nishitani.

‘Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets’: Revisiting the work of one of Japan’s most celebrated contemporary poets

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 06:34
A new edition of popular contemporary poet Makoto Ooka's "Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets" includes the original Japanese texts of each poem, early ...

Chemical Brothers, The Cure and Sia among first batch of acts for Fuji Rock Festival ’19

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 19:48
Also appearing on the bill are Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, James Blake, Mitski and Janelle Monae, with many more still to be announced.

Just who will fill the Arashi void?

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 00:38
Fans of Arashi still haven’t come to terms with the news that the J-pop group will go on a hiatus at the end of 2020, ...

Rapper Chanmina is blurring the lines of genre and nationality

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 00:34
Everyone has moments where they have to choose between two paths that will lead to drastically different lives. For Mina Otomonai, it came during her ...

Actress Jennifer Lawrence to tie the knot with art dealer

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:35
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s most eligible singles, is tying the knot.The 28-year-old “Hunger Games” star is engaged to art dealer Cooke Maroney, ...

Dress Marilyn Monroe wore to announce Joe DiMaggio split to go on block

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:34
The black dress that a distraught Marilyn Monroe wore to a 1954 press conference announcing her separation from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio less than a ...

Life after “The Bachelor Japan”: The one who got away

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 04:00
Searching for love on the reality TV series “The Bachelor Japan,” a record number of women have already applied for the show’s third season, set ...

‘Whistleblower’: Corporate drama dialled up to 11

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 03:59
Japan is justly praised for its law-abiding citizenry. Drop your wallet on the street here and a kind local is likely to come running after ...

‘City Hunter The Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes’: Dated gags in modern-day Tokyo

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 03:58
It’s back. “City Hunter,” the Tsukasa Hojo-penned manga about a crime-solving “sweeper” for hire named Ryo Saeba (Akira Kamiya) was pretty much an anime institution ...

Deportation candidate 21 Savage’s English origins stun fans of the Atlanta rapper

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:43
It was a shock for fans when 21 Savage was taken into custody by U.S. immigration agents in Georgia. It was an even bigger shock ...

Liam Neeson says he is ‘not racist’ after admitting he hunted for random black man to kill decades ago

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:30
Hollywood star Liam Neeson insisted Tuesday he was “not racist” after confessing that he had once set out to attack random black men after a ...

The actors hoping to save Kyoto University’s Yoshida Dormitory

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 01:30
Students and stage fans will see whether a hastily arranged series of performances of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera” this weekend can break a decades-long ...

Gentaro Komaki: A pioneer of surrealism

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 01:29
Gentaro Komaki (1906-89), the son of a Kyoto Prefecture silk crepe wholesaler, lived a decadent youth of literature and philosophy, until seeing the work of ...

‘Lineage of Eccentrics: The Miraculous World of Edo Painting’

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 01:28
Feb. 9-April 7Published in 1970, “Lineage of Eccentrics” by the art historian Nobuo Tsuji became a seminal work for its re-appraisal of the work of ...

‘The Universe Consists of Dots and Lines’

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 01:27
Feb. 9-March 21Three artists, all associated with the Shonan area of Kanagawa Prefecture, have been brought together for this exhibition focusing on the expressive potential ...

‘Christian Boltanski: Lifetime’

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 00:26
Feb. 9-May 6Conceptual artist Christian Boltanski was first recognized for short films he made in the late 1960s. He moved on to photography in the ...

Game for a laugh: Learning to become a manzai comedian

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 20:56
As I stand in the cramped wooden gangway at the side of the stage, going over my lines in a frantic whisper, I am reminded ...