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Music industry makes united declaration against ticket scalping

Aug 23, 2016

Music industry makes united declaration against ticket scalping

Tenbai No, a group that is against ticket resales, took out full-page ads in this morning’s Asahi and Yomiuri newspapers. The black-and-white ads featured the words “Hantai shimasu” (“to be opposed to”) in large type and a statement that read: “We are against the ...

'Thomas Ruff'

Aug 16, 2016

'Thomas Ruff'

Aug. 30-Nov. 13 Portraiture is much more than simply capturing smiles. Dusseldorf-based contemporary photographer Thomas Ruff’s giant, deliberately expressionless photos truly embody this sentiment. As Ruff’s first full retrospective in Japan, the exhibition showcases 125 works, drawn from 18 series, including his early work ...

With 'DMM.Planets' exhibition, teamLab defines the future of art

| Aug 11, 2016

With 'DMM.Planets' exhibition, teamLab defines the future of art

An exponential evolution in technology has led to increasingly immersive and interactive entertainment. And a certain Tokyo-based digital art collective is light years ahead of the rest. Multifaceted creative group teamLab’s “DMM.Planets” is a massive 3,000 square-meter exhibition taking place at Odaiba Minna no ...

'Invisible Tokyo' seeks out the stories of people living in the capital

Aug 7, 2016

'Invisible Tokyo' seeks out the stories of people living in the capital

What does it actually mean to be connected? To be unique and young in the country’s biggest city? A new, self-proclaimed “neo documentary” on Amazon Prime Japan titled “Invisible Tokyo” has taken up the task to answer these ever-evolving questions. “Tokyo has a unique ...

Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

Jul 21, 2016

Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

Who doesn’t love an anniversary? For couples it’s about rekindling moments of first love, for many nations it’s about marking a significant moment in history. Anniversaries are, for the most part, true celebrations. “I hate anniversaries,” says Masahiro Hidaka, the president of Smash Japan ...

Fuji Rock's green thumb is here for good

Jul 10, 2016

Fuji Rock's green thumb is here for good

Anyone who makes the trek out to the mountains of Naeba for the annual Fuji Rock Festival will tell you two things, apart from that they had a great time: It rains, and it’s clean for an event of such enormous scale. But it’s ...