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, ...

Hollywood's love storyboard

| May 25, 2017

Hollywood's love storyboard

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If you're the type who sticks around after a movie to read the credits, you'll know it takes more than one village to make a feature-length film. Ten or even 20 villages is more like it. Among the villagers are people with the title ...

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

| Apr 20, 2017

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

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Two weeks ago, the United States' box office saw a surprising animated feature take the top spot and generate large amounts of discussion — and memes — on social media. That was Dreamworks' "The Boss Baby," starring Alec Baldwin as a dapper, sassy infant. Further down ...