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1968: The year Japan truly raised its voice

2 hours 22 min ago
During a recent conversation with a student in his sixth year at a university renowned to be an incubator for Japanese politicians, 23-year-old Atsugi Fukuhara ...
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Ishiro Honda: The master behind Godzilla

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:58
Everyone knows “Godzilla,” the 1954 film that introduced Japan’s most famous monster to the world. But the name of its director, Ishiro Honda, was for ...
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‘The Broken Commandment’: Toson Shimazaki’s humanist bildungsroman of a ‘burakumin’

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:36
A classic from 1906, Toson Shimazaki’s “The Broken Commandment” follows the ideological struggles of a young teacher, Ushimatsu Segawa. The Broken Commandment, by Toson Shimazaki, ...
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‘Red Roofs and Other Stories’: Tales of restlessness by Junichiro Tanizaki

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:34
Junichiro Tanizaki is best known for his novels, “Naomi” and “The Makioka Sisters,” and is widely considered one of Japan’s greatest writers of modern literature. ...
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Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017 — in four days

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:55
In just four days, Taylor Swift’s new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.Billboard reports the album, “Reputation,” sold 1.05 ...
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Fleshgod Apocalypse balances technical ability and chaos

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:45
When you think of Japanese music fans, those who are into symphonic death metal don’t usually spring to mind. But the fandom is real, and ...
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20 men made sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey during his stint at Old Vic

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:23
The Old Vic theater in London said on Thursday it had received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey from 20 men who ...
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Twice and Daichi Miura among 10 debuts at this year’s ‘Kohaku’

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:41
Pop outfits Little Glee Monster, Hey! Say! Jump and Twice will grace the stage for the first time at this year’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” with ...
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The new head of the Boston Symphony Orchestra takes a bow in Japan

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:04
An orchestra is a lot like a perfect society: the instruments all have different roles and personalities, and when they come together beautiful music is ...
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Steven Soderbergh looks to get ‘Lucky’ with a new distribution model for films

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:58
He’s been away for such a short time, you may not have noticed Steven Soderbergh had even stopped making movies. In 2013, the director — ...
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Known for seeking thrills on TV, Daisuke Miyagawa goes for laughs in ‘The Stand-In Thief’

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:30
Need someone to chase pigs in Thailand? Daisuke Miyagawa’s your man. How about punching watermelons in Australia? Miyagawa’s your man.The 45-year-old comedian has been sent ...
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‘Yocho “Foreboding”‘: The doctor is in … and he’s terrifying

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:29
In a Hollywood that is increasingly obsessed with superhero blockbusters, the place to see many acclaimed filmmakers these days is on the small screen. In ...
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‘Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters’: Japan’s main mutant gets animated and goes global

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:28
Being two of Japan’s biggest pop-cultural exports, it’s a small wonder Godzilla and anime haven’t been brought together before now.But better late than ever. Hot ...
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The music you didn’t realize you grew up with: Chip Tanaka’s 8-bit revolution

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:00
If you grew up during the 1980s or 1990s, there’s a good chance that you spent more time listening to the music of Hirokazu Tanaka ...
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Sachiko Kodama’s laws of attraction

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:59
Entering the tatami-mat tearoom-style exhibition spaces at the back of Kyoto’s specialist pewter art craft gallery, Seikado, spectators are apprised that the magnetism of the ...
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‘Ueno Artist Project: Contemporary Realism—Transcending the Photograph and Video’

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:58
Nov. 17-Jan.6Ueno is home to many art museums, galleries and art schools, including Tokyo University of the Arts. The Tokyo neighborhood is also known for ...
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‘Winter Journey, Voices of Spring’

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:57
Nov. 18-March 25To complement the Museum of Modern Art, Hayama’s Fumiko Hori nihonga (Japanese-style) painting exhibition, the museum is also presenting a show of travel- ...
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‘WordPlay: The World of the Ethiopian Artist Wosene Worke Kosrof’

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:56
Nov. 23-Jan. 31Now based in San Francisco, Ethiopian-born Wosene Worke Kosrof is a leading figure of contemporary African art who is known for his abstract ...
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George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss respond to claims of harassment

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 07:41
George Takei took to Twitter on Saturday to deny groping a male model and Richard Dreyfuss said he never exposed himself to a female writer ...
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Hundreds take to Hollywood streets to join #MeToo march against sexual abuse

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:18
Hundreds of people marched in the heart of Hollywood on Sunday to support victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by a social media campaign ...
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