Getting close to Ryuichi Sakamoto

| Oct 26, 2017

Getting close to Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Stephen Nomura Schible refrains from saying whether he and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto are friends, or even close, despite having filmed a documentary about him. "When I'm in the U.S., everyone refers to him by his first name, but in my mind and when I'm in ...

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

| Jul 13, 2017

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

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Despite being a fantastic go-to costume on Halloween, witches in the West have never had it easy. There were the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, and similar trials elsewhere in North America and Europe through the 17th century, which served as warnings to ...

A scorched-earth fix to a celebrity scandal

| Jun 15, 2017

A scorched-earth fix to a celebrity scandal

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Scandals can send a celebrity's career careening off a cliff. This is especially true in Japan, where minor violations of the social code can lead to major personal repercussions. But even by Japanese standards the fallout from the June 2 arrest of actor Ryo Hashizume, ...