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Performance art's expatriate players push the envelope

| Nov 23, 2010

Performance art's expatriate players push the envelope

Exotic dancing. Nonsensical poetry. Harsh electronic noise. Doughnuts. These are just some of the manifold sights and sounds you’ll find on the bill at Paint Your Teeth, a bimonthly performance art event in Tokyo. “PYT is billed as ‘a celebration of experimental music, literature ...

Guerrilla comics wage war on the humdrum

| Mar 16, 2010

Guerrilla comics wage war on the humdrum

If you’d gone down to Shimokitazawa that day — the Saturday before Christmas, around 3 p.m. — you’d have been sure of a big surprise. No, not a teddy bears’ picnic, though in Shimokita you never know; instead, among the usual bustling crowds of ...

Wannabe comics find their voices in Tokyo

| Jan 12, 2010

Wannabe comics find their voices in Tokyo

“Everyone likes a laugh now and then, right?” So says Chris Wells, and he should know: He’s one of the movers and shakers behind Tokyo’s lively English-language comedy scene. In bars and cafes around the city, you can watch live standup and improv (think ...

Nov 13, 2007

Beyond Nova

On Saturday, meetings were held across Japan for Nova Corp. instructors and staff, to provide information about the sponsor’s plans for the future. Given the short notice (about two days), there was an impressive turnout at the meeting I went to, one of two ...

Nova crash adds to 'eikaiwa' wage woes

| Oct 30, 2007

Nova crash adds to 'eikaiwa' wage woes

It’s said that the bigger they come, the harder they fall, and it’s difficult to imagine a harder fall than Nova’s. Following Nova Corp.’s well-documented troubles over the last few months, Japan’s biggest language school chain is now in the hands of administrators, and ...

NGO startups confront major hurdles in Japan

| Apr 24, 2007

NGO startups confront major hurdles in Japan

As regular readers of this newspaper will know, reports on the human rights situation in North Korea tend to read more like a litany of inhuman wrongs. Aid agencies estimate that in recent years, more than two million people have died of starvation, while ...

Sep 30, 2005

Embracing traditions

Held Oct. 7-9 each year, Kunchi is as much a celebration of Nagasaki’s cosmopolitan history as it is a traditional Japanese festival. Among the mikoshi (portable shrines) paraded through the city there are also Chinese lion dancers and floats representing Dutch and Portuguese ships. ...

Cosmopolitan city comes to life

Sep 30, 2005

Cosmopolitan city comes to life

Before Aug. 9, 1945, Nagasaki was best known for its churches, Chinatown and a tasty noodle dish called champon, and but for heavy cloud cover that day over the nearby city of Kokura — which was slated to be the world’s second atom-bombed city ...