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People-watching on a ferry in the fog

Sep 16, 2012

People-watching on a ferry in the fog

Rust streaked down from the anchor hole in the ferry’s bow. The only noticeable color in the harbor — a bright-red sun rising out of the gray water — was painted on the side of the white ship. There was no sound except the ...

Danish Tiger to pounce on Japan's ¥100 market

Jun 5, 2012

Danish Tiger to pounce on Japan's ¥100 market

Following the success in Japan of the Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA comes another popular Scandinavian home-ware store that hopes to profit from the nation’s love of Nordic style. This July, the Danish low-price retail chain Tiger plans to pounce on the Japanese consumer ...

Nuke documentary experiments with online fundraising

May 27, 2012

Nuke documentary experiments with online fundraising

At one point or another, every filmmaker, producer or journalist has dreamed about freeing themselves from the financial restraints of media production. The team behind “We Are All Radioactive” — a documentary about a community of surfers and fishermen in the small tsunami-stricken town ...

Fest focuses on European film

May 25, 2012

Fest focuses on European film

In Manchester, England, a hallucinating suicidal postman receives philosophical advice from a football legend. Meanwhile, in Sweden, a 12-year-old boy falls in love with the spooky girl next door, only to find out she is a vampire. And then there’s the struggling interracial couple ...

This Japanese Life

| May 24, 2012

This Japanese Life

Scholars of Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher best known for his controversial statement “God is dead,” have for years talked about a gaping hole in his works: Where are Nietzsche’s writings about teaching English to Japanese high schoolers? What has he got to say ...

Tokyo Green Space

| May 16, 2012

Tokyo Green Space

What do you see when you look at Tokyo? Hypermodern constructions of steel and concrete? Cubic, characterless office buildings? Jared Braiterman sees green … in the back streets, in the small cracks of dirt on the sidewalks and on his balcony. He finds patches, ...

Filmmaker says don't worry, be happy

May 11, 2012

Filmmaker says don't worry, be happy

“Wow, the weather turned bad quickly, huh?” Filmmaker Eiji Han Shimizu is looking out at the narrow street from the safety of a Shibuya cafe. A storm is approaching. In spite of that, there’s a little smile on his face. One could argue that ...

Babies set to tear up the ring

May 4, 2012

Babies set to tear up the ring

While the grown-up sumo wrestlers prepare for the upcoming grand sumo tournament in Tokyo (starting May 6), a somewhat younger field of competitors will face off in Hiroshima. Dressed in colorful kimono, the contestants will compete in speed and stamina in the noble sport ...