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Figuring out who to watch at this year's Fuji Rock Festival

Jul 26, 2017

Figuring out who to watch at this year's Fuji Rock Festival

The 2017 edition of Fuji Rock Festival boasts one of the more eclectic lineups the long-running gathering has had in recent years. The headliners tell the tale: Cartoon rockers Gorillaz share the same font size as electronic pop star Bjork and dance music weirdo ...

Tackling the terminology behind feminism in Japan

May 11, 2017

Tackling the terminology behind feminism in Japan

In 1985, women in gorilla masks gathered at New York's Museum of Modern Art to protest its lack of female artists. Known as the Guerrilla Girls, the group continues to raise awareness about inequality in the art world. Thirty years later, their spirit has ...

Japan races to become the robot capital of the world

Nov 11, 2016

Japan races to become the robot capital of the world

Japan may have a long way to go before it can build a fully functional Gundam or Doraemon, but it's getting closer to bringing sci-fi-style robotic helpers and protectors into our daily lives. Japan Robot Week, which took place at the Tokyo Big Sight ...

A 'moonlit' afternoon tea in Tokyo with Noritaka Tatehana

Oct 21, 2016

A 'moonlit' afternoon tea in Tokyo with Noritaka Tatehana

Japan has a long history of noticing subtle seasonal changes and taking each as an opportunity for celebration. The appearance of cherry blossoms in early spring may be the most well-known example, but October's tsukimi (moon-viewing) festival is also culturally significant. In celebration of tsukimi, ...

When to speak and when to shut up: the art of a Japanese 'benshi'

Oct 16, 2016

When to speak and when to shut up: the art of a Japanese 'benshi'

The silent films screened in Japan from the 1920s to '40s were never completely silent. Katsudo-shashin benshi, or benshi for short, delivered live narration that provided everything an audience might need to appreciate a film — from commentary to translation. Derived from Japan's many ...

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

Aug 4, 2016

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

There has been a recent trend among Japanese comedians to go big — with their workouts. Toshiaki Kasuga, Nakayama Kinnikun and Yoshio Kojima all incorporate flexing into their routines, playing up macho stereotypes for laughs. However, Shun Kaneko isn't laughing. "On Japanese TV, when a ...

Domestic content rules at Waradise Garage's 'wamono' events

Mar 20, 2016

Domestic content rules at Waradise Garage's 'wamono' events

Japan's club scene continues to divide itself into smaller niche events like cells undergoing mitosis. Each new party differs slightly from the others and together they cater to almost every genre and micro-genre imaginable; if it has been blogged about, then there's a night ...