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For Kai Harada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Cinema underneath the stars

/ Jul 27, 2012

Cinema underneath the stars

Sometimes just looking at the ocean is enough to cool your body down on a hot summer night. Maybe that's why this year's Starlight Cinema event is taking on the theme: A Blue Oasis in the City. The Starlight Cinema is in its 13th year ...

'Madagascar' director Darnell returns to complete his trilogy

/ Jul 27, 2012

'Madagascar' director Darnell returns to complete his trilogy

After a four-year wait, the third installment in DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar" series will screen this summer in Japan. Opening Aug. 1, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" is directed by Eric Darnell, who also made the first two films. "In the first and the second films ...

Just what's so brave about 'Brave'?

/ Jul 20, 2012

Just what's so brave about 'Brave'?

"Wall-E" was a brave endeavor. A kids' film where the main character can't speak: That must have been a hard sell, and a risk in itself. But it paid off, creating one of the most emotionally charged films of 2008. "Wall-E" taught a moral ...

Get cool as summer moves in

/ Jun 8, 2012

Get cool as summer moves in

As summer approaches there's a chance some people have already switched on their fans or air-conditioners, even though you can still build snowmen in Tokyo. This weekend, visitors to Ueno Park can enjoy a dusting of artificial snow and ice at the Tokyo Ice Festival. ...

/ Jun 1, 2012

Beer lovers to start summer with new brew

For beer lovers, this weekend could be considered the official kick-off to summer — or, patio season. The Great Japan Beer Festival, the biggest craft-beer festival in the country, starts from June 2 in Tokyo. But the capital city isn't the only place getting in ...