Alyssa I. Smith

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Ep. 2 'Tempura Incident'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Jun 4, 2019

Ep. 2 'Tempura Incident'

Based on the title alone, my expectations going into episode two of "Terrace House" — titled "Tempura Incident" — were high. Viewers of the “Boys & Girls in the City” season are sure to remember the infamous “meat incident” of 2016 where the housemates ...

A weekend in Kobe: Beyond the beef, beyond the quake

Travel May 11, 2019

A weekend in Kobe: Beyond the beef, beyond the quake

Kobe — the cosmopolitan capital of Hyogo Prefecture with a population of 1.5 million — has a rich history as one of Japan's most important ports for foreign trade, and international influences are evident in everything from its architecture and design to its food ...

Manga and kabuki collide in an action-packed 'Naruto'

Stage Aug 8, 2018

Manga and kabuki collide in an action-packed 'Naruto'

Here's a sight you may not expect at a kabuki performance: A blue-haired boy bolts toward a massive snake that writhes menacingly on stage. He brings his sword down on the beast, slicing it into sections that fall apart dramatically. I thought a kabuki ...

Navigating our way through Broadway's biggest night

Stage Jun 6, 2018

Navigating our way through Broadway's biggest night

The 72nd annual Tony Awards are being presented at New York City's storied Radio City Music Hall on June 11 (8 a.m. Japan time), but that doesn't mean those of us in Japan have to miss out. Wowow is rolling out its red carpet to ...