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77 articles published


Editorials Mar 12, 2019

A partnership or protection money?

There is a need to reassess burden sharing across U.S. alliances, but it is vital that U.S. decision-makers understand that those alliances do not exist merely to protect other countries.

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

Stage Mar 12, 2019

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

by Nobuko Tanaka

For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors' white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with dramatic backdrops. Then there are the distinctive standardized movements; classic poses (mie) expressing certain emotions; the precisely choreographed fights and ...

'Sense of Humor'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Mar 12, 2019

'Sense of Humor'

by Yukari Tanaka

March 15-June 30 When art director Katsumi Asaba traveled around the world, he found that humor played an important role in his communication with others and his perception of objects. Likewise, he chooses to express his own sense of humor through his designs and personal ...

'Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Mar 12, 2019

'Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism'

by Yukari Tanaka

March 14-June 9 Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848), a group of English painters, poets and critics who wanted to reform the British art scene. The Pre-Raphaelites dismissed popular mannerist stylized imagery and instead championed detail, realism ...

Hakuho keeps perfect record

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 12, 2019

Hakuho keeps perfect record

Yokozuna Hakuho surrendered the initial advantage on his opening charge, but recovered to beat mountainous maegashira Kaisei for his third win after three days of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. A day after his 34th birthday, the Mongolian yokozuna let No. 1 Kaisei ...

Sumo 101: Wakaimonogashira and Sewanin

Sumo Mar 12, 2019

Sumo 101: Wakaimonogashira and Sewanin

by John Gunning

The world of sumo has many behind-the-scenes characters that help keep the sport running smoothly. Some like gyoji (referees) and yobidashi (ring announcers) also have an on-dohyo presence that grants them a measure of visibility while others such as tokoyama (hair dressers) toil away out ...

Zinedine Zidane returns for second stint as Real Madrid coach

Soccer Mar 12, 2019

Zinedine Zidane returns for second stint as Real Madrid coach

Zinedine Zidane has made a sensational return as coach of Real Madrid after Santiago Solari's firing was finally confirmed on Monday. "When the president called me the first thing I thought was: go," Zidane said at a news conference. "I could not say no, I ...