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| Jan 15, 2016

15 minutes more

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One day in 1996, when I was working as an editor/writer on the features desk, I arrived at work and was told as I walked in the door that an unnamed person had called. They were looking for someone at The Japan Times to ...

| Jan 15, 2016

Ground control to Major Jack

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I first met David Bowie in August 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand, where the crew of Nagisa Oshima’s “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” had come together for the flight to the film’s location in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. From the outset he came across as a ...

| Jan 15, 2016

Bowie’s portable Japan

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I first learned that David Bowie had died while riding the Beetle jetfoil ferry from South Korea to Japan. Of the myriad thoughts that flooded through my mind during the crossing — for Bowie has been my lodestar, an absolutely determinant influence in my ...

Tao takes an innovative approach to drum shows

Jan 14, 2016

Tao takes an innovative approach to drum shows

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The slogan goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Drum troupe Tao, however, thinks a successful show in Sin City could be the springboard to bigger things around the world. The globe-trotting wadaiko (Japanese drum) performance group has entertained some 6.5 million people ...

Isao Tomita's journey from snowflakes to holograms

Jan 10, 2016

Isao Tomita's journey from snowflakes to holograms

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Composer Isao Tomita will turn 84 this year, but that won’t stop him creating a synth soundtrack for a dancing hologram, to realize the dream of his ballet dancer (and rocket scientist) friend who passed away in 1999. Tomita, a pioneering synthesizer musician, wrapped ...