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Monk-run Tokyo bar proffers drinks even as it teaches Buddhism

Apr 22, 2017

Monk-run Tokyo bar proffers drinks even as it teaches Buddhism

Drinking at your neighborhood bar would appear to be inconsistent with a Buddhist's quest for clarity of mind and enlightenment. Intoxicants, after all, have the effect of clouding the senses, not to mention one's judgment. But for Buddhist monk Yoshinobu Fujioka, who operates a bar ...

Radwimps play a part in the popularity of anime film 'Your Name.'

Nov 4, 2016

Radwimps play a part in the popularity of anime film 'Your Name.'

There seems to be no stopping the soaring popularity of animated film "Your Name." directed by Makoto Shinkai, as the body-swapping fantasy continues to attract fans at home and abroad. Film critics list several reasons to the film's box office success, and the connection between ...

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

Oct 28, 2016

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

For kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke and silent film narrator Ichiro Kataoka, keeping old traditions alive and sharing them with as many local and foreign fans as possible remain their mission. Kikunosuke, who performed in an onnagata female role in "Sagi Musume" ("Heron Maiden") in an ...

Support groups emerge to help female recluses

/ Oct 19, 2016

Support groups emerge to help female recluses

While hikikomori (social withdrawal) is usually seen as mostly affecting men, the current way of thinking fails to take into account the many women who are effectively — and involuntarily — cut off from society, campaigners and experts say. Kyoko Hayashi, who is leading efforts ...