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Defining J-horror: The terror of deep time

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The horror genre is not typically thought of as a “slow” genre. In fact, horror films today often feel like stimulus-response tests where shocking events happen suddenly and without warning. However, Japanese horror directors take up another tradition, one where events unfold gradually. A case point is the director Kiyoshi ...

The hidden heart of Natsume Soseki

Nov 26, 2016

The hidden heart of Natsume Soseki

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Dec. 9 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), a novelist widely regarded as being the one of the greatest writers of modern Japan. Events commemorating this anniversary have been held throughout 2016 but, in case you think it will ...

A dark, bittersweet childhood becomes a manga masterpiece

Nov 26, 2016

A dark, bittersweet childhood becomes a manga masterpiece

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“Sunny” is a manga masterpiece. Page by page, it quietly transcends similar slice-of-life comics in its depiction of children in a foster home, their caregivers and estranged parents. Written and illustrated by renowned manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto, this six-volume collection, which won the prestigious ...