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In discussion with Anna Fifield, author of ‘The Great Successor’

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 06:40
The Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield's new book, "The Great Successor," details the life of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

‘Three Japanese Short Stories’ review: A literary amuse-bouche

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 06:36
In "Three Japanese Short Stories," stories by noted authors Kafu Nagai, Koji Uno and Ryonosuke Akutagawa illustrate a Japan grappling with the wider world.

‘Modern Japanese Short Stories’ review: A bridge between past and present

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 06:34
A classic introduction to the Japanese short story, "Modern Japanese Short Stories" is a literary time capsule of postwar Japan.

Ep. 4 ‘I Want to Be a Hero’

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 03:40
Drama has come to “Terrace House” and we have Risako and Ruka to thank.We continue right where the last episode left off, with Ruka driving ...

Ansel Elgort to star in drama series based on memoir ‘Tokyo Vice’

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 01:50
WarnerMedia’s production of “Tokyo Vice” is set to bring an adaption of Jake Adelstein’s journalistic investigations into Japan’s criminal underworld to its streaming service.The 10-episode ...

Obamas to produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 15:00
Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company is teaming up with Spotify to produce exclusive podcasts for the platform.Under the Higher Ground partnership announced Thursday, the ...

Akira of Exile marries Taiwanese supermodel and actress Lin Chiling

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 06:46
Akira, 37, a member of top Japanese dance group Exile, and Taiwanese supermodel and actress Lin Chiling, 44, announced they got married on Thursday.The two ...

Japan’s king of comedy, Yoshimoto Kogyo’s Hiroshi Osaki, expands his realm

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 01:11
It has been 10 years since Hiroshi Osaki took the reins at Yoshimoto Kogyo, and in that time Japan’s oldest and arguably most influential entertainment ...

Embattled actor Jussie Smollett apparently dropped from ‘Empire’

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 16:33
Jussie Smollett will not be returning to U.S. television series “Empire,” the show’s creator says, marking the first public confirmation that the actor has been ...

Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ is brought into the Reiwa Era

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 02:00
Why are thespians the world over so drawn to “Waiting for Godot,” that for many older actors playing one of its leads is as much ...

‘Erica 38’: The rise and fall of a true con artist

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 01:59
Con artists in movies are typically likeable rogues who prey on the deserving. The title character of Yuichi Hibi’s “Erica 38,” who is neither “Erica” ...

‘Children of the Sea’: Diving deep into animated beauty

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 01:58
‘Children of the Sea” has achieved the impossible.The new animated film from Studio 4°C adapts the manga of the same name by Daisuke Igarashi — ...

Darkness and Forgiveness: Haruki Murakami reflects on power and violence in the world and literature

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:52
This is the second in a two-part interview with novelist Haruki Murakami.In “Killing Commendatore,” the knife pierces the Commendatore’s thin body until it comes out ...

Japanese filmmaker debuts Parkland school shooting documentary

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:24
Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that claimed 17 lives in early 2018, Japanese filmmaker Emily Taguchi and ...

Noted Japanese author Haruki Murakami looks back over 40 years of literary endeavors

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:00
Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami sat down for an interview with Kyodo News in April on the 40th anniversary of his debut novel “Hear the ...

Ron Howard frames Pavarotti story through arias for new documentary

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 13:45
Director Ron Howard did not know much about opera, but he understands drama when he sees it, and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti’s life was packed ...

Ep. 3 ‘Dreamed of Her’

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 02:17
Good things come to those who wait and, after patiently waiting through two episodes, I finally got to see what I show up to “Terrace ...

Ep. 2 ‘Tempura Incident’

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 02:12
Based on the title alone, my expectations going into episode two of “Terrace House” — titled “Tempura Incident” — were high. Viewers of the “Boys ...

The Royal Ballet brings the best of British ballet to Japan with its production of ‘Don Quixote’

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 02:00
For ballet fans across Japan, The Royal Ballet represents the pinnacle in dance, and its upcoming summer tour of Tokyo and Yokohama from June 21 ...

Ryuji Miyamoto: Looking back to go forward

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 01:59
"Invisible Land" at the TOP Museum doesn't showcase Ryuji Miyamoto's best-known works. Instead, it offers insight into the photographer's development of a style that led ...