New stars are a-rising

Sep 14, 2008

New stars are a-rising

Fashion is sometimes like soccer, in that you can’t always rely on older players and expensive foreign imports. Until recently, Japan Fashion Week tended to bank on the same names from season to season. However, to keep the progression of new talent and new ...

Rwandan troupe investigates societies' failures

May 22, 2008

Rwandan troupe investigates societies' failures

I n 1994, Hutu militias began the systematic genocide of the Tutsi people of Rwanda. In just 100 days, an estimated 1 million people had been butchered and whole families, villages and towns destroyed. Once Tutsi rebels regrouped and took control of the unstable ...

Plenty of promise here for the boys

Mar 23, 2008

Plenty of promise here for the boys

Although Japan Fashion Week doesn’t exactly overload on men’s fashion, with only a handful of quality designers showing this season, the outlook from the ’08-’09 Autumn / Winter Collection is generally positive. As always, the most recognizable of Japanese menswear labels — Lad Musician, ...

Mar 20, 2008

"Blood"

Dairakudakan Kochuten, Tokyo’s Kichijoji March 19-23 Legendary Japanese butoh collective Dairakudakan (www.dairakudakan.com; [0422] 21-4984), led by acclaimed Japanese actor and dancer Akaji Maro, has a nurturing system for training and guiding young dancers, with the aim that they will go on to direct and ...

Three works cast a magic spell

Mar 13, 2008

Three works cast a magic spell

The Tokyo International Arts Festival (TIF) this year presents an eclectic and fascinating program of dance and theater from Argentina, Switzerland and Belgium. Having admitting that the festival — in its current form since 2002 — is under financial constraints due to lack of ...

Stella McCartney, Anna Antoniades and more

| Mar 11, 2008

Stella McCartney, Anna Antoniades and more

Anna Antoniades in Nakameguro As British designer Anna Antoniades gives a tour around Tokyo’s ubercool Nakameguro, where she lives, she’s obviously in her element. The Bohemian cafes, the boutiques clustered around Meguro River and the idiosyncratic milieu of the area reflects the aesthetic that ...

Jan 31, 2008

"Akira Kasai"

Theater Tram, Sangenjaya, Tokyo Jan. 30-Feb. 2 Androgynous and chameleonlike, famed butoh dancer and choreographer Akira Kasai returns to the Tokyo stage this week with a four-day festival at Theater Tram in Sangenjaya ([03] 5432-1515; setagaya-pt.jp). A student of Kazuo Ohno and friend of ...

Raf Simons, Bulgari, Marc Newson and more

| Jan 8, 2008

Raf Simons, Bulgari, Marc Newson and more

Candy-colored covers Quality sunglasses should be an essential item in everybody’s wardrobe from Durban to Daikanyama. Worn well they can complete a look, but the wrong choice can undo any previous sartorial scores you’ve made. Australian brand AM Eyewear’s latest collection, inspired by Andy ...