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‘New Additions to the Collection’

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 01:56
May 8-July 8Since it opened in 2001, the Osaka Museum of History has amassed artworks and items related to the city to present exhibitions covering ...

‘Boyz N the Hood’ Oscar-nominated director John Singleton dies at 51

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 14:36
Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood’s most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N the Hood” and continued over the following decades to ...

Woodstock 50th anniversary music festival canceled: lead investor

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 13:27
A planned three-day concert event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival has been canceled, the lead investor in the event said on ...

Yukio Mishima tries out personal branding in the rediscovered ‘Star’

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 06:38
In "Star," Yukio Mishima confronts issues of celebrity, youth and aging in hypercharged and manically subjective first-person prose.

‘Mr. Straight Arrow’ review: An overdue look at the life of journalist John Hersey

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 06:36
"Mr. Straight Arrow" is a refreshingly thoughtful biography about the reclusive journalist John Hersey, best-known for his novel "Hiroshima."

‘Uneven Moments’ review: An equal light shined upon Western and Japanese thinkers

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 06:34
"Uneven Moments" collects essays that span Harry Harootunian's career and brings Japanese thinkers into analyses often dominated by a Eurocentric focus.

First museum dedicated to Japanese folklore monsters opens near Hiroshima

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 01:07
Japan’s first museum of supernatural monsters opened Friday in Hiroshima Prefecture, allowing visitors to get immersed in a strange world of yokai through historical artifacts ...

Okinawa rolls out the red carpet for its annual film festival

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:27
The Okinawa International Movie Festival has never been just about movies — or even Okinawa. Held from April 18 to 22, the 11th edition was ...

Snarky Puppy lets Japanese fans sink their teeth into its new album ‘Immigrance’

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:21
Snarky Puppy is back with a new album, "Immigrance," and is currently on a world tour. Bassist and band-leader Michael League talks to The Japan ...

The Cinematic Orchestra: Absence makes the fans grow fonder

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 02:00
Twelve years since its last studio album, The Cinematic Orchestra released "To Believe" in March. Band-leader Jason Swinscoe talks about his writing process and The ...

‘Lust in a Karaoke Box’: Celebrating the joys of student life

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 01:59
When I taught at colleges here in the 1980s, I marveled at my students’ freedom, including freedom from study. They could spend most of their ...

‘The Wonderland’: Surface-level charm, but no true wonder

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 01:58
‘The Wonderland,” the new film from director Keiichi Hara (“Miss Hokusai”), certainly has the building blocks of something wondrous: a skilled director, top production values, ...

D’oh Canada! Trudeau to be featured in ‘The Simpsons’

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 13:15
“The Simpsons” are returning to Canada in an upcoming episode that will air on Sunday for a storyline that will feature Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.A ...

George Clinton: The godfather of funk’s final visit to Japan

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 04:00
George Clinton has packed a lot of funk into his six-decade career.In the 1970s, the American singer rose to fame with Parliament and Funkadelic, sister ...

First, there was Matsumura Goshun

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:59
The recent focus on the vibrant idiosyncratic works of the Edo Period (1603-1868) eccentric painters has left the achievements more traditional masters in neglect. "Road ...

‘Rut Bryk: Touch of a Butterfly’

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:58
April 27-June 16Finnish artist Rut Bryk (1916-1999) was a pioneer of modern Finnish ceramic art and was particularly well-known for her designs for the ceramics ...

‘Tabaimo: Ghost Running’

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:57
April 27-May 26In 1999, mixed-media artist Tabaimo won the Kirin Contemporary Art Grand Prize award for “Japanese Kitchen,” part of her university graduation project, and ...

‘Oscar Oiwa: Journey to the Light’

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:56
April 27-Aug. 25Based in Tokyo and New York, Oscar Oiwa is a Nikkei Brazilian artist who reinterprets aerial and bird’s-eye views of urban landscapes through ...

End of ‘Avengers’ movies cloaked in high-level Hollywood secrecy, even cast kept in dark

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:40
Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios went to great lengths to keep the plot of the movie “Avengers: Endgame” under wraps until its highly anticipated debut ...

Ichikawa Kagura: Saving the dances of the gods

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 02:00
As performers of Shinto theatrical dance age, the Sanriku International Arts festival hopes to encourage youth to help preserve tradition.