Silent Siren delivers a dose of idol-pop pep on 'S'

Music Mar 6, 2016

Silent Siren delivers a dose of idol-pop pep on 'S'

With a proliferation of idol-pop groups in the music scene these days, getting a start in the industry isn't always easy — even for a band made up of former models. "We started out in 2010 playing in front of five or six people, 10 ...

Chiaki Hara reaches out to cancer survivors

People Feb 5, 2016

Chiaki Hara reaches out to cancer survivors

Things were looking good for Chiaki Hara at the start of 2005. She was an accomplished actress, having starred in the 1997 tragic romance "Shitsurakuen" ("Lost Paradise") and 2002' drama "Aiki," and her profile as a social commentator was also on the rise. Then, ...

The 'Great Terracotta Army' marches on Japan

Art Nov 5, 2015

The 'Great Terracotta Army' marches on Japan

A small section of Qin Shi Huang's terra-cotta army marched into the Tokyo National Museum last week and will remain there until February before descending on the cities of Fukuoka and Osaka. The 2,200-year-old life-size statues — sometimes referred to as the "eighth wonder of ...

Guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei calls on his pals for 'Strangers'

Music Oct 8, 2015

Guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei calls on his pals for 'Strangers'

Recalling his first encounter with rocker Iggy Pop, a huge grin flashes across the face of Tomoyasu Hotei. It occurred at Berlin airport around 30 years ago when he was recording in Germany with former band Boøwy. Despite being one of the most famous ...

Sukezane gets reborn as a Hollywood 'hero'

TV Sep 24, 2015

Sukezane gets reborn as a Hollywood 'hero'

Japanese actresses seem to be finding a place in the world of American TV. Rila Fukushima landed a guest spot on the fifth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" and a recurring role on The CW's "Arrow," while Tao Okamoto put in a fantastic ...