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John Prine, revered American folk songwriter, dies of coronavirus complications

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 08:28
John Prine, an American folk legend widely considered one of his generation’s most influential songwriters, died following complications of coronavirus Tuesday, his publicist said on ...

Kamishibai: Rediscovering the fine art of storytelling in Japan

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 14:30
Artists are taking a traditional art form to a new audience but a battle rages over its true essence.

‘What is Japanese Cinema?’ review: A deft and engaging history of Japanese film

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 13:20
This book is healthily nonjudgmental concerning which films are “good” and which are not. Instead it steps back — far back — to gaze carefully ...

Anime cons ‘will never be the same’ after the coronavirus

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 13:06
The spread of COVID-19 has caused many large-scale events to be cancelled, including a lot of anime fan conventions. The question now is, will these ...

Ep. 38 ‘Case of The Costume Incident’

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:45
We at The Japan Times have described “Terrace House” on multiple occasions as the ultimate show to help you unwind after a long day. That’s ...

Actress Aoi Mizuhara explores Asian family values in ‘The Farewell,’ her Hollywood debut

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 03:15
Japanese actress Aoi Mizuhara explores Asian family values in her debut Hollywood film, 'The Farewell,' which is set for release in Japan in April.

Ensuring live music survives the pandemic

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 03:05
While the COVID-19 pandemic has all but shut down Japan's live music scene, innovative acts and labels are still reaching fans in the country.

The unstoppable rise of Regal Lily

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 05:00
Regal Lily is supposed to be on tour at the moment. But instead of enjoying what the band’s members like about touring — eating hotel ...

‘Step’: Parenthood drama that tugs at the heartstrings

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 04:59
By now there are many films about single fathers, but for me the eye-opener was 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer.” In it, Dustin Hoffman plays a ...

Ep. 37 ‘Another Terrace!!’

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 09:06
Most weeks, watching “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020” is a fun indulgence that lets viewers bask in the low-stakes drama of six 20-somethings (and an occasional ...

Meet the expat comedians who keep Tokyo smiling

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 05:00
Probably the biggest paradox of stand-up comedy is that while there are no schools of humor — no Bachelor of Laughs degree, not even a ...

Japan’s art institutions struggle to cope with the COVID-19 crisis

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 04:59
Since the quarantine of the Diamond Princess, Japan has gone from being one of the world’s most at-risk countries to lucky outlier, to being again ...

Ken Shimura’s entertainment legacy spans generations

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 12:34
Entertainer Ken Shimura didn’t belong to any single generation. Following news that the 70-year-old comedian had died on Sunday from pneumonia caused by COVID-19, TV ...

Tokyo clubs must close to prevent COVID-19 spread, but DJs and owners say that’s easier said than done

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 05:47
Clubs and bars are facing pressure to close their doors as the new coronavirus spreads throughout Japan's major cities. As a result, those who make ...

Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies after being hospitalized for coronavirus

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:35
Ken Shimura, a veteran slapstick comedian and onetime member of rock ’n’ roll band and comedy group The Drifters, a household name in Japan in ...

The seemingly perfect world of author Clarissa Goenawan

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 13:08
Set in Japan, Clarissa Goenawan's eagerly anticipated second novel, "The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida," has a winsome tone, harkening to the early works of ...

‘Grit, Grace, and Gold’ review: The Olympics are postponed, but this book’s a winner

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 13:06
On the surface, sports and haiku are an incongruous mix but, as Nagamura notes in the introduction, "Writing good haiku involves the same attention to ...

‘The Salaryman’ review: Spilling the secrets of Japan’s everyman

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 13:04
Alongside its humor, Michael Howard’s recent memoir, “The Salaryman,” provides an insightful look at Japan’s corporate workforce. In 2008, Howard was a 32-year-old product manager ...

In first post-royal job, Meghan to narrate Disney nature film

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:11
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants.Disney announced Thursday that the duchess, who is married to ...

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 04:30
In 2016, shortly after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Tom Jenkinson released a plaintive protest song under his Squarepusher alias, titled ...