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CULTURE NOTES

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Dec 6, 2019
Marie Kondo: The face of 2019
With Marie Kondo's new online store garnering mixed reactions, the year ended almost as it began, with people arguing about the tidying consultant.
Japan Times
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Oct 17, 2019
Japan's 'Beyonce' makes her mark, as the nation's influencers are revealed
With a list of the top social media influencers in Japan having been released, it appears Cool Japan is making its mark on pop culture in the country
Japan Times
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Aug 22, 2019
Aichi Triennale: Our freedoms are not dead just yet
The sudden Aug. 3 closure of "After 'Freedom of Expression?'" — a multiartist exhibit at the Aichi Triennale 2019 — clearly highlighted the ongoing struggles some people have with that very issue of freedoms in Japan.
Japan Times
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Jul 25, 2019
Bringing opera to Tokyo 2020
Among the many absurdist opera stories in existence, nothing is more preposterous than the happy ending generally used for Giacomo Puccini's final opera "Turandot," in which Princess Turandot suddenly accepts Prince Calaf's wooing right after the suicide of Liu, a slave, as if her death was nothing.
Japan Times
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Mar 14, 2019
Marie Kondo and Momo: The new faces of Japanese culture
Japanese soft power has seen two faces in 2019. One is that of tidying guru Marie Kondo. The other is the horrifying visage of Momo, an unsettling sculpture turned viral hoax.
Japan Times
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Feb 28, 2019
Will 'Queer Eye' show a different view of Japanese culture?
Netflix's popular reality series "Queer Eye" recently wrapped up filming for a number of special Japan-based episodes. The footage from the recent trip to the country won't air until later in the year, so curious viewers will have to wait to see just how the Fab Five highlight the country to the world.
Japan Times
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Sep 13, 2018
Could Domo-kun at 20 mean Domo-kun 2.0?
Whatever happened to Domo-kun, the furry brown monster with the jagged maw? When I first got to Japan I used to see him everywhere. Now Chiitan, the masochistic Otter who reps the city of Susaki in Kochi Prefecture, stacks my social media feeds with memes, and Unari-kun, from Narita, is the current reigning champion of the Mascot Grand Prix. Domo-kun has some serious competition.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on