Hide: The musician whose death rocked Japan

Music May 1, 2018

Hide: The musician whose death rocked Japan

On the evening of May 2, 1998, as most of Japan was basking in the annual Golden Week holidays, a few dozen young women had gathered outside an apartment building in Tokyo's Minamiazabu neighborhood. Earlier that day, the musician Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his ...

Back to square one in war on dancing

Music Apr 26, 2018

Back to square one in war on dancing

It has been nearly two years since Japan revised an archaic law banning late-night dancing, but don't expect any celebrations to mark the occasion. Over the past few months, the Metropolitan Police Department has quietly renewed its campaign against unauthorized boogying, because Lord knows ...

'Dynamite Graffiti': Sleaze to some and art to others

Film / Reviews Mar 21, 2018

'Dynamite Graffiti': Sleaze to some and art to others

At the peak of its popularity in the 1980s, the innocuously named "Shashin Jidai" ("Photo Age") sold 350,000 copies a month. Edited by the self-made publishing impresario Akira Suei, the magazine featured cutting-edge photography by the likes of Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama and ...

Clint Eastwood's Japan critics are always there to make his day

Film Mar 7, 2018

Clint Eastwood's Japan critics are always there to make his day

"Everybody knocks out a flop every now and then," quipped Clint Eastwood during a recent interview to promote his latest movie, "The 15:17 to Paris." The film forms part of an informal trilogy dedicated to real-life examples of American derring-do, following on from "Sully" (2016) ...