2014 a groundhog year for top record labels

Jan 20, 2015

2014 a groundhog year for top record labels

Avex has landed another No. 1 spot on the charts, but this time it’s for the record label itself. Oricon Inc., the company behind the domestic music industry’s ranking charts, announced its annual market report for 2014 last week, with Avex Group Holdings Inc. ...

'Jules Pascin Exhibition'

Jan 15, 2015

'Jules Pascin Exhibition'

Traveling was a major source of inspiration for Jules Pascin (1885-1930), a painter who was of Italian-Serbian and Spanish heritage and born in Bulgaria. Educated in Vienna and then in Munich, he later moved to France, where in the 1920s he became a significant ...

'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji'

Jan 15, 2015

'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji'

Mount Fuji, with its beautifully symmetrical ridge lines and snowy peak, has always attracted photographers from near and afar. With nearly 300 stills and posters from its collection, the Izu Photo Museum in Shizuoka celebrates this iconic landmark, charting its representation in the history ...

'Hanshinkan Fashion Style: Osaka + Kobe 1950-1970'

Jan 15, 2015

'Hanshinkan Fashion Style: Osaka + Kobe 1950-1970'

The Kobe Fashion Museum is presenting a review of Kansai fashion trends from 1950 to 1970. Even before World War II, Osaka and Kobe were known to be culturally cultivated fashion meccas for designers and dressmakers who were influenced by foreign styles. Influences embraced ...

'Quintet: Five-Star Artists'

Jan 8, 2015

'Quintet: Five-Star Artists'

This second installment of the museum’s “Quintet” series features five Japanese up-and-coming artists — Naoko Tomioka, Fumie Hiratai, Etsuko Iwao, Ayako Mizumura and Aki Yamamoto. Seventy oil and acrylics artworks are being showcased under this year’s theme of resonance, with depictions of ethereal subject ...

'The Collection 2015'

Jan 8, 2015

'The Collection 2015'

The two rooms of “The Collection 2015″ offer two different kinds of collections. Room 1 displays the “Fujifilm Photo Collection,” a special show to celebrate Fuji-film Co.’s 80th anniversary last year, and is composed of images taken by 101 renowned Japanese photographers. Room 2, ...

Dec 30, 2014

The young stars creating a buzz in the enka scene

Even though enka star Saburo Kitajima announced his retirement from NHK’s annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen” music program last year, and U.S. singer Jero has seemingly moved into R&B, don’t count enka out of the zeitgeist just yet. You won’t see them at this year’s ...

Mysterious 'Evangelion' short film released

Dec 21, 2014

Mysterious 'Evangelion' short film released

A brief but revealing chapter in Hideaki Anno’s ongoing cult anime series, “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” was released Friday on the Animator Expo website. The series, first broadcast in October, 1995, has been turned into a four-part series of films set in a post-apocalyptic future ...