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Netflix pulls footage of Quebec rail disaster from film ‘Bird Box’

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 13:29
Netflix said Thursday it would pull footage of a 2013 Canadian rail disaster from its film “Bird Box,” and apologized for any pain it caused.The ...

Marie Kondo and Momo: The new faces of Japanese culture

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 01:26
Japanese soft power has seen two faces in 2019. One is that of tidying guru Marie Kondo. The other is the horrifying visage of Momo, ...

All-female idol group AKB48 to forgo annual popularity contest

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 23:25
All-female idol group AKB48 will not hold its annual popularity contest this year, which has drawn huge crowds over the past 10 years, management agency ...

The classical vision of Masahide Kajimoto, the ‘eccentric’ president

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 23:23
Born to a forward-thinking father who founded Kajimoto Concert Management in 1951, Masahide Kajimoto calls himself “the eccentric second (president).”Full of curiosity, Kajimoto enjoys art ...

Third K-pop star embroiled in sex video scandal

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 22:52
A K-pop star has quit after admitting he watched illicit sex videos received from another artist, his agency said Thursday, the third singer to be ...

Singer R. Kelly’s home-made sex videos have circulated widely for years

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 22:51
An acquaintance of R. Kelly’s recalled how the singer once lugged a duffel bag everywhere — to recording studios, film sets and gyms. Stuffed inside, ...

South Korea roiled as K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Big Bang’s Seungri both face sex scandals

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 20:48
After their stunning retirement announcements, two K-pop stars — including a member of the supergroup Big Bang — are facing police questioning over a series ...

U.S. actress Lori Loughlin arrested in college bribery scandal

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 15:41
U.S. actress Lori Loughlin surrendered to authorities on Wednesday and was to appear in a Los Angeles court to face charges in a massive college ...

Aaamyyy whips up a synth-heavy soundscape for the year 2615

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 03:50
‘Body,” the much-anticipated debut album from music maker Amy Furuhara, aka Aaamyyy (stylized as AAAMYYY), opens with an instrumental of tumbling beats, skittering hi-hats, wonky ...

‘Ramen Shop’: Finding your family through food

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 03:49
Food is sustenance, food is pleasure and, as Eric Khoo’s nostalgia-drenched “Ramen Shop” reminds us, food is memory.The last is not often seen in Japanese ...

Haruomi Hosono reworks a modern classic with ‘Hochono House’

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 03:48
As he enters his 50th year in the music business, Haruomi Hosono hasn’t lost his talent for making you wonder what the devil he’s up ...

Takashi Murakami: The face of Japanese contemporary art abroad, underappreciated at home

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 00:45
This is the sixth in a 10-part series on influential figures in the Heisei Era, which began in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito ...

Famed drummer Hal Blaine, played on hits of Sinatra, Elvis, Beach Boys, dies at 90

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 14:05
Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and ’70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, ...

Actresses Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 50 charged in $25 million U.S. elite college entrance bribery scam

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:49
Federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in a $25 million scheme to help actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, CEOs and other wealthy Americans ...

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:15
For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors’ white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with ...

Bizen: Pottery that rose from the ashes

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:14
Of all the ancient high-fired unglazed stoneware styles in Japan, none is as popular as Bizen pottery, with its vareid colors and textures all the ...

‘Sense of Humor’

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:13
March 15-June 30When art director Katsumi Asaba traveled around the world, he found that humor played an important role in his communication with others and ...

‘Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism’

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:12
March 14-June 9Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848), a group of English painters, poets and critics who ...

‘The Charm of Seto Novelty: Ceramic Ornaments Loved From the World’

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:11
March 16-June 2Seto, in Aichi Prefecture, first began producing ceramics in kiln-equipped potteries during the 13th century, giving rise to the term “setomono,” which is ...

Minnesota politician Ilhan Omar thanks Fox for condemning unapologetic host Jeanine Pirro

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 16:40
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning comments made on the network by weekend host Jeanine Pirro centering on the freshman ...

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