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Dancer goes through time in new show

/ Feb 10, 2012

Dancer goes through time in new show

Inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut's masterpiece "Slaughterhouse-Five" and stoic philosopher Seneca's letters gives character to an upcoming performance in Tokyo by Izabela Chlewinska, a rising choreographer and dancer from Poland. Chlewinska was inspired by the novel's protagonist, Billy Pilgrim — a time traveler who jumps back ...

Film mines rich seams of history

/ Aug 14, 2011

Film mines rich seams of history

Hiroko Kumagai will never forget the day in 1998 when she first stepped inside the red-brick building at the entrance to the closed and shuttered Miyahara shaft in the Miike coal mine in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture. "I felt I heard the voices of people working ...

'Tokyo Tango': A fairy tale to keep you on your toes

Aug 4, 2011

'Tokyo Tango': A fairy tale to keep you on your toes

When the mayor of a village is told by a frog king, who is fascinated by the elegance of swans gliding in the lake, that his villagers should wear toe shoes (ballet pointe shoes) all the time, he instructs everyone between the age of ...

Top scientist in academic row

Jun 26, 2011

Top scientist in academic row

An article that helped Tohoku University President Akihisa Inoue win the Japan Academy Award has been retracted from a leading U.S. scientific journal after the author violated protocol by reusing his own previously published material without acknowledging it. The incident, announced Friday, amounts to what ...

Reveal fallout data: ex-nuke chief

Mar 25, 2011

Reveal fallout data: ex-nuke chief

A former acting head of the Atomic Energy Commission called Thursday for the government to tell the public how radioactive emissions have spread from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the past and to predict future radiation exposure risks according to distance ...

Dec 23, 2010

Think tank plugs Okinawa peace training center

A Tokyo-based think tank submitted a research report Wednesday to Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, calling on Japan to turn Okinawa into a training hub for peace operations, with participants including the United States, Australia, China, South Korea and Taiwan. The report calls for creation ...

/ Dec 17, 2010

Butoh legend dances to a different beat

Though much younger than the late Kazuo Ohno and the late Tatsumi Hijikata, two legends of butoh, Akira Kasai was also a pioneer of the art form in the 1960s and '70s. He was even dubbed the "Nijinsky of butoh." Now, a performance in Tokyo ...

Photos, films depict Tokyo in turbulent times

/ Sep 3, 2010

Photos, films depict Tokyo in turbulent times

The 10 years following the end of World War II in Tokyo are marked by two things — war-related devastation and the march toward reconstruction. The exhibition "Tokyo Fukko" ("Reconstruction of Tokyo") at the Edo-Tokyo Museum captures this period of Tokyo's history through color photographs ...

Women feted through dance

/ Jul 9, 2010

Women feted through dance

In the Japanese dance scene, all-female performing companies are common. Mademoiselle Cinema, established in 1993, is one such group. The basic concept embraced by Naoko Ito, the group's choreographer, is "Nostalgia oriented toward the future" and her approach is to create dance by visualizing ...