Competitors play "Warships" at Squid Game: The Trials, Netflixユs new attraction in Los Angeles on Nov. 28, 2023. For $30, fans can compete in some 70 minutes of play, with moral twists and six group activities, including nonlethal versions of the showユs challenges.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Dec 13, 2023
Netflix builds a ‘Squid Game’ universe as it awaits a second season
A reality show and a live experience are two ways of keeping the dystopian series in the public eye. Is the original’s bleak message being diluted?
Singer and dancer Shizuko Kasagi's life is the basis for the new morning drama series on NHK.
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Oct 1, 2023
When the 'Queen of Boogie' reigned in Japan
Shizuko Kasagi gave Japan a reason to rejoice again and inspired a generation of young women in the process.
Monkey D. Luffy (Inaki Godoy), a young wannabe pirate who leads a crew of misfits driven by personal missions, is defined by his ability to stretch his body, making him elastic and indestructible in every way.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Sep 16, 2023
‘One Piece’: Netflix tries to translate the anime magic (again)
Based on a remarkably endurable manga and anime franchise, the live-action series may satisfy fans, but most of the personality of the original is gone.
Bob Barker, host of the television game show "The Price is Right," in December 2006
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Aug 27, 2023
Beloved U.S. game show legend Bob Barker dies age 99
Barker was a prominent animal activist, once donating $5 million to the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, which named a vessel after him.
Actor Sandra Yi Sencindiver says her international success illustrates how structural racism and discrimination are behind the myth of a white, homogenous Denmark shown on screen.
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Aug 24, 2023
A call from Denmark for diversity in the arts
Actor Sandra Yi Sencindiver advocates for broader representation in media and challenges conceptions of what being Danish means and looks like.
In 'Ooku: The Inner Chambers,' a secretly female shogun rules Japan and is attended to by a group of male concubines.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Aug 17, 2023
'Ooku: The Inner Chambers': Alternative history explores gender norms
The Netflix anime tells a complex love story in an alternate-reality Edo Japan in which an illness upends gender roles.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Jun 16, 2023
Simplicity key to British TV show success, says 'naked' Japanese comedian
Tonikaku Akarui Yasumura, 41, became the first Japanese performer to compete in the final of "Britain"s Got Talent" earlier this month.

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves