Drink responsibly when you're out with friends this summer

Jun 26, 2014

Drink responsibly when you're out with friends this summer

Now that we’re well out of cherry-blossom season, the next round of outdoor drinking parties will take us out into the beer garden. The muggy heat may seem tolerable only with an ice-cold ale in hand, but clinical psychologist Jim McRae says drinking shouldn’t ...

The electronic remains of Ursula Bogner

Jun 24, 2014

The electronic remains of Ursula Bogner

Ursula Bogner (1946-94) was a German pharmacist, wife and mother with a passion for the unfamiliar, which included electronic music. At her home studio, she layered sonic textures and her own voice to create explorative, playful pieces that have a slight outer-space feel. She ...

Imany makes peace with her voice on debut album

Sep 18, 2013

Imany makes peace with her voice on debut album

As a model, Nadia Mladjao would have seen all there is in the world of luxury and excess. But the 27-year-old singer, better known as Imany, keeps it simple with her guitar on her debut album, “The Shape of a Broken Heart.” “What I ...

When Crossfaith tells you to rock: you listen

Aug 28, 2013

When Crossfaith tells you to rock: you listen

Vocalist Kenta Koie looks at me square in the eye and says, “We want to be the biggest band in the world.” That band is Crossfaith, a metalcore band who will release its new album, “Apocalyze,” in Japan on Sept. 4. At a time ...

As sun sets on summer, head to Bali festival

Aug 22, 2013

As sun sets on summer, head to Bali festival

Bad news for some (kids) and good news for others (parents), summer vacation is down to its final weeks. If you haven’t traveled overseas or gone to the beach yet, visiting Enoshima this weekend will let you enjoy a little bit of both. Enoshima ...

'Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013'

Aug 21, 2013

'Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013'

Tokyo celebrates all things creative at the “Shinjuku Creators Festa,” a 17-day art event being held around the city’s Shinjuku Station. World-famous names, such as Yayoi Kusama and CG-artist Yoichiro Kawaguchi will be displaying works, while student submissions, including film projects and installations, are ...

'Medieval Japanese Art'

Aug 14, 2013

'Medieval Japanese Art'

In medieval Japan — the Kamakura Period to the Muromachi Period (1193-1573) — power shifted from the nobility to the warrior class. Revealing the influence of this political disruption, this exhibition focuses on artwork produced at that time, much of which referenced Chinese Zen ...

'Aichi Triennale 2013'

Aug 14, 2013

'Aichi Triennale 2013'

The theme of this second Aichi Triennale is “Awakening — Where Are We Standing?” and it aims to make us rethink the role of art as Japan continues to recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake and following disasters. Works by various artists from ...