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The gorgeous world of Japanese gore

Oct 29, 2015

The gorgeous world of Japanese gore

Zerai Naoi makes his living by keeping gore hounds fed on a shoestring budget. If you want to sample his work, it helps to have a strong stomach. The special effects artist began his career in high school and has crafted rotten body parts ...

Hiroji Kubota's lens is a witness to history

Oct 24, 2015

Hiroji Kubota's lens is a witness to history

Photographer Hiroji Kubota believes that “everyone has a great drama to tell.” With the release of his retrospective photo book, simply titled “Hiroji Kubota Photographer,” now it’s his turn to tell his. As the sole Japanese member of Magnum Photos, the international collective founded ...

Kawasaki gets ready to do the 'Time Warp' again

Oct 15, 2015

Kawasaki gets ready to do the 'Time Warp' again

Moviegoers in Japan are generally expected to take a vow of silence at the cinema — unless the film happens to be “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The musical comedy about white-bread newlyweds who stumble upon a creepy castle full of kinky humanoid aliens ...

Play it again: One fan's quest to save old video games

Sep 16, 2015

Play it again: One fan's quest to save old video games

We now recognize the late Yasujiro Ozu as one of Japan’s finest film directors, but his early works are lost to history, victims of a time when cinema was seen as disposable entertainment and not an art form worth saving. Joseph Redon doesn’t want ...

Cartoon worlds collide as 'The Simpsons' meet 'Akira' in 'Barkira'

Mar 5, 2015

Cartoon worlds collide as 'The Simpsons' meet 'Akira' in 'Barkira'

Last year, animated TV show “The Simpsons” spoofed the films of director Hayao Miyazaki. This spring, bootleg Bart Simpson T-shirts line the boutiques of Harajuku. There’s a weird symbiosis between Japanese pop culture and America’s longest-running TV family, a force strong enough to attract ...

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

Oct 28, 2014

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

It’s a week until Necronomidol’s big show and, practicing at a dance studio in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, the four members make a decision to change one line from “We’ve come to bring about the Apocalypse” to “We’ve come to enact Armageddon.” Manager Ricky Wilson ...

Sincerity is the new ecstasy in Funkot's 'Summer of Love'

Jun 27, 2013

Sincerity is the new ecstasy in Funkot's 'Summer of Love'

At the end of the 1980s, British DJs imported a potent new style of house music from the Spanish party island Ibiza in what came to be known as the ecstasy-fueled “Second Summer of Love.” Inspired by this trade route two decades later, Katsumi ...