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The Lethal Weapons: Locked and loaded on the streets of Tokyo

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 23:02
Nostalgia for the 1980s usually plays out more as an aesthetic than an authentic yearning to go back to the days of Rubik’s Cubes and ...

TV star Kim Kardashian’s Kimono shapewear sparks debate in Japan

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 21:50
American television star Kim Kardashian has sparked debate in Japan by naming her new line of shapewear “Kimono,” prompting some to accuse her of disrespecting ...

‘Disturbance’ gives a voice to victims of domestic violence

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 04:09
Standing alone, high up on the balcony of the Musicasa theater in Tokyo, the character of Jane — a wife, mother and a victim of ...

Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Filming and acting outside your comfort zone

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 03:50
When Japanese directors of a certain age and status film abroad, they usually head for developed countries, not developing ones. Although, to be fair, their ...

‘Bento Harassment’: Learning lessons with lunchboxes

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 03:49
Japanese movies and TV dramas often feature scenes of mothers making elaborate bento lunches from scratch for their offspring. Seeing these women washing rice in ...

‘The Journalist’: Uncovering the dark side of Japan

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 03:48
Before Donald Trump made “fake news” the buzzword of choice for dissemblers and autocrats, Japanese netizens were already starting to question the veracity of what ...

Tributes to Michael Jackson pour in on 10th anniversary of death

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 07:00
Michael Jackson’s estate paid tribute to his artistry and charity Tuesday as fans make final preparations for gatherings to celebrate his memory on the 10th ...

Sadao Watanabe, Japan’s godfather of jazz, passes on his wisdom

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:30
Before he became one of Japan’s best-loved jazz musicians, saxophone player Sadao Watanabe was one of the first Japanese musicians to study in the United ...

Tadanori Yokoo: From the shadows within

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:29
The blotchy, salty self-portrait that confronts you as you enter Tadanori Yokoo’s exhibition of recent work “B29 and Homeland: From My Childhood to Andy Warhol” ...

‘Takahata Isao: A Legend in Japanese Animation’

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:28
July 2-Oct.6Since “The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun” (1968), the first animated movie he directed, Isao Takahata (1935-2018) has been regarded as ...

‘Every Day is Art Day: Fifty Years of the Yoda Family in New York’

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:27
June 29-Sept. 8In 1966, 26-year-old Toshihisa Yoda left Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, for New York. With two suitcases filled with art supplies, he planned to stay ...

‘Heisei Graphics’

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:26
June 29-Aug. 17The Heisei Era (1989-2019), one of Japan’s longest eras, saw society undergo drastic changes, economically, politically and culturally. The world of art also ...

Michael Jackson’s popularity endures, even after new scandal

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 02:08
The documentary “Leaving Neverland” presented a disturbing depiction of Michael Jackson as a child molester, but the initial wave of negative publicity hasn’t greatly diminished ...

Steamy romance novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 22:07
Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as “Scruples” and “Princess Daisy” engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died ...

Rock pioneer Dave Bartholomew, co-wrote ‘Ain’t That a Shame,’ dies at 100

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 13:58
Dave Bartholomew, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n’ roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as “Ain’t ...

Japan’s anime industry in crisis despite its popularity

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 03:00
Japan’s booming animation industry is in crisis — with low pay, long hours and a huge shortage of artists — just as its global popularity ...

‘The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me’: Music, life and reflections on the space in between

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 06:54
Janet Pocorobba's "The Fourth String" reconfigures the typical Japan fish-out-of-water memoir into a meditation on music and mastery, relationships, culture and narrative.

‘The Woman in the White Kimono’: Love and loss in postwar Japan

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 06:36
Inspired by her own father's experiences in Japan, in "The Woman in the White Kimono" author Ana Jones pens a bittersweet love story that weaves ...

‘Backlight’: All alone in the wilds of Hokkaido

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 06:34
Based on a real-life incident in which a 7-year-old boy was abandoned in the woods by his parents, "Backlight" examines the search and rescue operation ...

Russian prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova pays tribute to French fashion legend Coco Chanel in new show

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 06:02
The life and works of fashion legend Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was to be celebrated in a new ballet premiering at Moscow’s Bolshoi on Saturday that ...