Drawing on film to highlight hyperreality

Feb 9, 2016

Drawing on film to highlight hyperreality

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“Following the other, one replaces him, exchanges lives, passions, wills, transforms oneself in the other’s stead. It is perhaps the only way man can finally fulfill himself. An ironic way, but all the more certain.” This quotation from Jean Baudrillard’s 1983 essay “Please Follow ...

Miffy gets a museum of her own

Feb 7, 2016

Miffy gets a museum of her own

To some people, Miffy is just a plain white bunny. To others, she is a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades, she has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she is getting a museum of her own. After ...

Japanese manga goods store opens in Bangkok

Feb 6, 2016

Japanese manga goods store opens in Bangkok

An estimated 400 customers lined up in Bangkok for the opening Saturday of the first Thai branch of animate, a Japanese manga and animation goods store that features limited items, accessories and other products related to popular comic books and anime shows. The 560-square-meter ...

'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

Jan 7, 2016

'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

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‘One Piece,” a new, modern entertainment-focused “Super Kabuki” play based on an eponymous manga series by Eiichiro Oda, closed last month after a hit Tokyo run that showed beyond doubt that manga-based productions are not the preserve of movies and television — where they ...

Japanese pop culture expert dies in railway fall

Dec 4, 2015

Japanese pop culture expert dies in railway fall

Takamasa Sakurai, a leading evangelist of Japanese anime, fashion and music abroad, was fatally hit by a train early Friday after falling from a platform at Nishi-Nippori Station in Tokyo, police said. Police said the incident occurred on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line at around 12:30 ...

Japan's animators see red over pencil crisis

Dec 3, 2015

Japan's animators see red over pencil crisis

Japan’s usually sedate stationery sector has been rocked by a pencil supply crisis that is drawing a backlash — and panic buying — among architects and animators. The drama erupted in response to a plan by Mitsubishi Pencil — one of the nation’s oldest ...