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10-year-old Japanese go professional debuts on international stage

National May 21, 2019

10-year-old Japanese go professional debuts on international stage

Japan's youngest professional go player, 10-year-old Sumire Nakamura, debuted in an international match in Beijing on Tuesday in a game that was closely watched in China. Nakamura, who officially entered the lowest professional rank of shodan in April, competed against 27-year-old Wang Chenxing, a Chinese ...

'Information or Inspiration?': The paths of perception

Art May 21, 2019

'Information or Inspiration?': The paths of perception

by Mio Yamada

A review of "Information or Inspiration?" at the Suntory Museum of Art almost needs a spoiler alert — it includes many surprises that make it more than a showcase of glassware, lacquerware, enamel, ceramic and calligraphy works: It's an immersive, thought-provoking experience.

'Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 21, 2019

'Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints'

May 25-July 7 Born in Aomori, Shiko Munakata (1903-1975) is internationally celebrated as a 20th-century master of Japanese woodcut prints, having won several awards, including first prize at the 1955 Sao Paulo Biennial and the Grand Prix at the 1956 Venice Biennale. Munakata moved to Tokyo ...

'Kumi Sugai: The Eternal Challenger'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo May 21, 2019

'Kumi Sugai: The Eternal Challenger'

by Yukari Tanaka

May 25-July 21 Kumi Sugai (1919-96), known for his bold prints and paintings, was a multidisciplinary artist who explored design, typography and calligraphy. While working in commercial design during the late 1930s to mid '40s, he studied nihonga (Japanese-style painting) under Teii Nakamura, an artist ...

Wallabies great George Smith, who earned 111 test caps, retires

Rugby May 21, 2019

Wallabies great George Smith, who earned 111 test caps, retires

Wallabies great George Smith announced his retirement Tuesday after a stint with Bristol in the England Premiership, retiring after nearly 20 years playing rugby. The veteran Australian flanker, who made his Super Rugby debut for the ACT Brumbies in 2000 and went on to win ...

High-ranking IOC official says more budget cuts possible for 2020 Games

Olympics May 21, 2019

High-ranking IOC official says more budget cuts possible for 2020 Games

Tokyo 2020 organizers can make further reductions to its budget, a top Olympic official said Tuesday, despite some sports associations voicing concerns that cost-cutting could harm the running of the Summer Games. "We appreciate your continued efforts to reduce the operational (budget) and other budgets," ...

Sumo 101: Small rikishi

Sumo May 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Small rikishi

by John Gunning

Sumo has no weight classes. The David vs. Goliath clashes that arise as a result of that lack of regulation are a big part of the sport's appeal for many fans. When a diminutive rikishi like Enho takes down towering opponents that outweigh him by 70 ...

Three wrestlers tied for lead at 9-1

Sumo / Basho Reports May 21, 2019

Three wrestlers tied for lead at 9-1

There were no big surprises at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, with yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin both emerging victorious to stay in a three-way tie for the lead. The two wrestlers improved to 9-1 going into the final third of the 15-day ...

Yuko Takahashi shows promise at Yokohama triathlon

More Sports May 21, 2019

Yuko Takahashi shows promise at Yokohama triathlon

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Two years ago, Yuko Takahashi moved to San Diego to join an elite multinational triathlon team, seeking to become a legitimate athlete. Her decision has paid off. The 28-year-old came up with her best result ever in the World Triathlon Series circuit, finishing finished fourth in ...

Angels' Shohei Ohtani hurts right hand in loss to Twins

Baseball / MLB May 21, 2019

Angels' Shohei Ohtani hurts right hand in loss to Twins

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was struck on the right hand while swinging at a 151-kph Taylor Rogers fastball in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Minnesota Twins. The pitch went for strike three in the Angels' 3-1 loss. Ohtani left the ...

Sumo 101: Cancellations

Sumo May 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Cancellations

by John Gunning

Sumo tournaments are rarely canceled. The last time one didn't go ahead was 2011, when the Japan Sumo Association called off the March Basho in the wake of a match-fixing scandal. Had they proceeded with that tournament, it was unlikely to have been televised. NHK and ...