Otosan, Japan's top dog

Apr 29, 2012

Otosan, Japan's top dog

Upper House election night, 2010. All over the country people are watching television and waiting to see if there will be an upset as the results from polling stations slowly trickle in. Suddenly there’s a cut to newsreader Shunji Miyagawa in what appears to ...

Comic plays mark anniversary

Apr 20, 2012

Comic plays mark anniversary

While the most prominent of entertainment company Yoshimoto Kogyo’s myriad business interests are the near endless TV appearances by its contracted comedians, the real heart of its operation lies not in the studio but on the stage. It was exactly 100 years ago this ...

Ballet students poised for giant leap abroad

Apr 15, 2012

Ballet students poised for giant leap abroad

The moment Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Robert Parker began talking about cartwheels, everything seemed to change. By then the formal stage of this year’s first-ever Japanese auditions for the world-renowned Elmhurst School for Dance in England’s second city of Birmingham had concluded. Next, ...

Apr 12, 2012

Voina points to the art of dissent

The photo shows an unshaven Russian glaring into the distance from behind prison bars. It’s a striking shot, so it is hardly surprising that when it was printed on a 4×6-meter banner and unfurled at an entrance to the 20-km exclusion zone around the ...

Voina points to the art of dissent

Apr 12, 2012

Voina points to the art of dissent

The photo shows an unshaven Russian glaring into the distance from behind prison bars. It’s a striking shot, so it is hardly surprising that when it was printed on a 4×6-meter banner and unfurled at an entrance to the 20-km exclusion zone around the ...

Mar 30, 2012

Art Fair Tokyo searches for new breed of buyer

Occupying almost twice the area of last year’s event, and with more galleries set up and side-events being staged than ever before in its Tokyo International Forum venue, this year’s Art Fair Tokyo will almost be unrecognizable to regular visitors — let alone anyone ...

Art Fair Tokyo searches for new breed of buyer

Mar 30, 2012

Art Fair Tokyo searches for new breed of buyer

Occupying almost twice the area of last year’s event, and with more galleries set up and side-events being staged than ever before in its Tokyo International Forum venue, this year’s Art Fair Tokyo will almost be unrecognizable to regular visitors — let alone anyone ...

Plan to N-shrine reactors for millennia

| Mar 18, 2012

Plan to N-shrine reactors for millennia

What do nuclear power plants and Shinto shrines have in common? For a start, they tend to be hidden from view — the former in remote coastal locations, the latter behind stands of trees or atop hills or mountains. They are also sources of ...