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Visitors at the Sapporo Snow Festival on Feb. 4
Feb 12, 2024
Sapporo Snow Festival crowds recover to pre-COVID levels in 2024
The recovery of visitor numbers has been helped by inbound travelers to Japan, according to the festival's executive committee.
German band Kraftwerk performs at a music festival in Wiesen in May 2009.
Feb 9, 2024
German techno pioneers Kraftwerk set to headline Fuji Rock 2024
The popular festival's first line-up announcement also boasts girl in red, Ride and The Last Dinner Party.
Director Toshihiko Tanaka (left) is pictured in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Feb. 2, after his film, "Rei," won the top Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Feb 5, 2024
Toshihiko Tanaka wins top prize for 'Rei' at Rotterdam film festival
The Japanese film "Rei" directed by Toshihiko Tanaka won the top Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, an annual event for up-and-coming filmmakers.
The annual snow festival opened in Sapporo on Sunday. The event, set to run through Feb. 11, features a total of 196 snow and ice sculptures at three venues, with food and drink areas set up for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Feb 4, 2024
Sapporo Snow Festival opens with food areas coming back
Set to run until Feb. 11, this year's festival features a total of 196 snow and ice sculptures at three venues.
Journalist Shiori Ito sheds a tear as she speaks to reporters outside the Tokyo district court on Dec. 18, 2019, after hearing the ruling on a damages lawsuit by her, accusing a former TV reporter of rape.
Jan 21, 2024
Japanese journalist brings lonely #MeToo battle to Sundance
Shiori Ito's fight for justice is the subject of "Black Box Diaries," a documentary she herself directed.
Busan International Film Festival host Song Kang-ho presents the Asian Filmmaker of the Year award to veteran Hong Kong star Chow Yun-fat at the 2023 edition of the Asian film festival.
Oct 18, 2023
Film fans flock to Busan festival despite scandal
Busan International Film Festival remains a prestige Asian movie event amid internal strife and budget cuts.
John Williams (right) and Seiji Ozawa (center) have been friends for decades. Their long-awaited reunion in Japan comes courtesy of a musical collaboration between Williams and the Saito Kinen Orchestra for the 31st edition of Ozawa’s annual music festival.
Sep 24, 2023
Music legends John Williams and Seiji Ozawa reunite at Matsumoto festival
The American composer and conductor led a special program featuring his famous film scores at his long-time friend's annual event in Nagano Prefecture.
Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi poses with the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize award for the movie "Evil Does Not Exist" at the 80th Venice International Film Festival in Venice on Saturday.
Sep 10, 2023
Japan's Hamaguchi wins runner-up Grand Jury Prize at Venice
Hamaguchi has garnered global accolades, including for "Drive My Car," which won the best international feature at the 94th U.S. Academy Awards last year.
Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi attends the 80th Venice Film Festival for the premiere of his new movie, "Evil Does Not Exist."
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Sep 7, 2023
Ryusuke Hamaguchi revives himself with dark nature film
The Japanese director found solace in nature with his new film "Evil Does Not Exist," which premiered at Venice on Monday.
Filmed in black and white, concert film “Opus” focuses on the physicality of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s performance.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Sep 7, 2023
Ryuichi Sakamoto's last performance captured by son in Venice 'Opus'
In late 2022 celebrated Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, stricken with terminal cancer, spent nine days at a Tokyo studio performing 20 of his much-loved pieces from across his career.
Veteran broadcaster and DJ Peter Barakan has been a fixture in Japanese music media for decades. He is now in his third year as curator and namesake of Peter Barakan’s Music Film Festival, which kicks off in Tokyo today.
Sep 1, 2023
Peter Barakan's Music Film Festival celebrates cinema and song
The three-week event kicks off its third edition with 31 films including documentaries, concert films and narrative films centered on music.
Korean writer-director Kim Sung Hwan's "Iron Mask" took one of the two top awards at this year's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea.
Aug 30, 2023
Does South Korea now have the edge over Japan when it comes to film?
While Korean cinema tackles universal topics, Japanese studios are content to navel-gaze.
Fans in Tokyo take pictures of the poster for "The Boy and the Heron."
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Aug 18, 2023
Hayao Miyazaki's final film to open San Sebastian festival
Miyazaki's "The Boy and the Heron" will open two film festivals in September, a rare feat for any director.
This year’s Fuji Rock Festival, which took place last weekend and featured The Strokes, Foo Fighters and Lizzo as headliners, brought a cumulative total of 114,000 attendees to the mountains of Niigata Prefecture.
Aug 4, 2023
Fuji Rock’s diversity is back — and it feels great
Millennial rock, Gen Z rap and a Sinead O’Connor tribute fill a stellar weekend of music.
Cameron Lew, the 27-year-old behind the California-based music project Ginger Root, crafted a detailed city-pop-inspired universe with a 1980s idol storyline for last year’s “Nisemono” album.
Jul 28, 2023
Ginger Root's modern spin on Showa nostalgia
The California-based project is set to bring its distinct interpretation of city pop to Fuji Rock Festival this weekend.
Photo: Mount Fuji is shot from above so that you can see the trails leading to its summit.
PODCAST / deep dive
Jul 26, 2023
A tale of two Fujis: Bullet climbs, crowds and Lizzo
With the borders fully open, Mount Fuji is all booked up and Fuji Rock is back in full force. Drew Damron and Patrick St. Michel join us on the podcast to discuss Japan’s two favorite Fujis.
At this year’s Fuji Rock Festival, big-name acts The Strokes, Foo Fighters and Lizzo will serve as headliners at the main Green Stage.
Jul 25, 2023
Rap acts stand out in Fuji Rock’s diverse lineup
Kanagawa rap crew Bad Hop’s final hurrah and Lizzo’s Sunday night swagger are set to deliver some of the most memorable moments of the three-day music extravaganza.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2023
Kyoto offers $2,770 premium seats for famous Gion Festival
The 84 seats, mainly for foreign tourists, will be set up at an intersection in the heart of the city.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2023
Animated Polish-Japanese story wins top prize at Asia short film fest
Izumi Yoshida takes the George Lucas Award for her short based on the so-called Siberian Children who were rescued by the Japanese Red Cross Society following the Russian Revolution.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2023
A few small tips for the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
Our film critic provides his recommendations for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, which is currently unspooling at cinemas across Tokyo.


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