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‘Oyako’: Capturing the intimacy of parent-child bonds

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 06:57
Photographer Bruce Osborn brings together some of his most inspired portraits of parents with their children, all taken in his past four decades in Japan.

Singaporean publisher mines Asia’s wealth of short stories

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 06:34
Two stories by Japan-based writers appear in the “The Best Asian Short Stories 2018” anthology published by Kitaab in Singapore. The Best Asian Short Stories ...

Gunma charcoal artist uses DIY spirit to lead full country life

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 03:20
In a mountainous farming village near Oze National Park, a popular eastern Japan marshland frequented by hikers, an artist who crafts accessories and ornaments out ...

Idol-pop trio turn temples into gig spots

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 23:42
The members of one all-girl pop group that performs primarily at temples in Kyoto has seen their prayers answered in recent years as their fan ...

Comedian Akira 100% reveals his naked ambition

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 23:39
His naked tray act may not be to everyone’s liking, but Akira Ohashi is too focused on the positives to worry about that. The Saitama-born, ...

‘Captain’ of Captain & Tennille, Daryl Dragon, dies at 76

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 20:33
Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing “Captain” of Captain & Tennille who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy-listening hits as “Love Will Keep Us Together” ...

Netflix censorship risks helping Saudi crackdown on expression: Amnesty

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:21
Netflix’s decision to pull an episode of a show critical of Saudi authorities risks facilitating a crackdown on freedom of expression in the kingdom, Amnesty ...

Sho player Ko Ishikawa pushes the boundaries of gagaku with free improvisation

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 23:25
Ko Ishikawa plays the sho, a bamboo free-reed mouth harp that first came to Japan from China in the Nara Period (710-794). Despite what you ...

“Astral Abnormal Suzuki-san”: YouTube comedy series makes it to the big screen

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 23:25
What is the future of films in Japan? Bigger spectacles backed by media conglomerates? Maybe at the top end of the industry. At the lower ...

Netflix locally drops satire episode critical of Saudi Arabia after Riyadh gripes

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 12:32
Netflix has removed an episode of a satirical comedy show that criticizes Saudi Arabia after officials in the kingdom complained, raising new questions about the ...

German-Jewish author Edgar Hilsenrath, famed for fictional Nazi’s account of Holocaust, dies at 92

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 12:30
Edgar Hilsenrath, a German-Jewish writer whose fictional account of the Holocaust from the perspective of a Nazi perpetrator became a best-seller, has died at 92.The ...

See, shop and play to start off 2019

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:58
Even in icy winds, going out in the Tokyo area around New Year’s can warm people’s hearts and light up their souls. Many events that ...

Rooms near 50th anniversary Woodstock venue prove a hot ticket

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:49
Finding a place to stay for the 50th anniversary Woodstock concert in August may not be a groovy experience for anyone hoping to score a ...

Mark the new year with a commitment to books on Japan

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 00:00
2019's impressive lineup of books on Japan, include classic reprints, new fiction and studies of the nation's international relations.

Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 06:34
To close out the Year of the Dog, why not read some of the best in canine literature in Japan.

Israeli author Amos Oz dies at 79

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 21:35
Israeli author Amos Oz, one of the country’s most widely acclaimed writers and a pre-eminent voice in its embattled peace movement, died on Friday after ...

‘It Comes’: The bogeyman cometh in Tetsuya Nakashima’s horror debut

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 01:53
Tetsuya Nakashima has been filming the darker sides of human nature for more than two decades, the most commercially and critically successful example being his ...

Arizona man finds magic moments in TV show on uncle Harry Houdini

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 14:28
Growing up, George Hardeen never thought too much about being related to arguably the most famous magician of all time, whose name is synonymous with ...

Alleged victim of Kevin Spacey sexual assault filmed part of incident

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 16:41
A young man who accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him at a seaside restaurant near Boston in 2016 filmed part of the incident, according ...

Bad headlines for Trump also mean ratings slump for key backer, Fox’s Sean Hannity

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 15:15
The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn’t been good for his most prominent backer in the media.While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity ...