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Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 19, 2014
NNTT debut peers behind the masks of 'Condemned' Sartre family
Until Japan was opened to the West in the mid-19th century, its theater culture mainly comprised traditional forms such as kabuki, comic kyōgen, bunraku (puppet theater) and noh.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Feb 17, 2014
Knights vs. samurai: It's the ultimate crossing of swords
Is the samurai blade swift enough to outsmart the knight's sturdier sword? Japan's first Armored Battle is about to find out.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 16, 2014
Haru Kuroki scoops best actress award at 64th Berlin film festival
Haru Kuroki takes the Silver Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival for her part in Yoji Yamada's “The Little House.”
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 12, 2014
Entrepreneur urges mindset change
A U.S.-based entrepreneur who became the first Japanese invited to a U.S. presidential State of the Union address has said that Japan must shake off its "stagnation" by fostering innovation and ditching outdated ideas.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Feb 8, 2014
Jonah Hill: 'I like to understand people's lives'
I'm excited that 'Wolf' is a film that is as aggressive and unapologetic as it is, and is being received as well as it is.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 5, 2014
Tokyo Ballet turns 50 in romantic style
This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Tokyo Ballet, and the company plans to celebrate every step of the way.
JAPAN
Feb 2, 2014
Miyazaki wins Annie Award for 'Kaze Tachinu' screenplay
Director Hayao Miyazaki on Saturday won the Annie Award for writing in an animated feature production for the screenplay to "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Rises"), the organizer of the event, dubbed "the Academy Award for animation," said.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Feb 1, 2014
Pursuit of happiness
The merry residents of Japan have long sought to attain the 'pleasantest of all diversions
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 29, 2014
'Salvador Dali and Masters of Modern French Painting from the Collection of Morohashi Museum of Modern Art'
The Morohashi Museum of Modern Art in Fukushima Prefecture houses an impressive collection of European modern masterpieces, including a number of works by Spanish Surrealist genius Salvador Dali.
COMMENTARY
Jan 21, 2014
A Dutch cure for the Dutch disease
When a country like the Netherlands, which built one of the world's most expansive welfare states in the 1960s and '70s, reverses course to reduce welfare dependency and to restore work incentives, it is worth noting.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jan 15, 2014
Woman's-eye 'Merchant' duo reflects favorably on Shylock role
Since it was founded in 1990 by Shakespeare scholar, actor and director Kaoru Edo, Tokyo Shakespeare Company has been producing the Bard's plays translated by Edo in an adaptation series titled "Shakespeare on the other side of the mirror."
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CULTURE / Art
Jan 15, 2014
The extent of Puvis de Chavannes' stately influence
When you enter 'Arcadia by the Shore' it is not difficult to get a sense of why Puvis de Chavannes was so successful in his own day, and why his reputation later slipped far behind those of other painters then considered his inferiors.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Jan 11, 2014
Richard Dawson: 'Pull your fingers out'
A billion hungry souls lacking your misplaced sense of entitlement want your job for a quarter of the pay.
JAPAN
Dec 29, 2013
Abe takes fire from Philippine sex slave group
A group of Filipino women forced into sexual slavery during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in the 1940s has blasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Dec 28, 2013
Epicenters of death
This study of the Great Kanto Earthquake by scholar Charles Schencking, begins not as you might expect, with the cataclysmic temblor of 1923, but with the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. In this latter event, optimism was predicated on the assumption that swift and decisive action would...
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Dec 28, 2013
The Batting Stance Guy waxes poetic on Youkilis, NPB
Kevin Youkilis' batting stance is, shall we say, a little different than most.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Dec 25, 2013
Kumakawa blends ballet and business — with panache
Being good at business may be "the most fascinating art," as Andy Warhol said — and few likely know that better than Tetsuya Kumakawa, dancer extraordinaire turned extraordinary businessman.
BUSINESS / JAPANESE PERSPECTIVES
Dec 21, 2013
It's business as usual 'back in the USSR'
Paul McCartney was in Japan some weeks ago. Having spent a totally Beatlemaniac four years of my pre-teen existence in the U.K., it was nice to see the erstwhile Beatle in such good form.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Dec 12, 2013
Find art contained at affordable prices
The Container, the freight-container-sized gallery in Nakameguro that has been impressively punching above its weight in Tokyo's art scene since 2011, is taking its mantra of "art for everyone" one step further with its latest show. Described as "shamelessly" manufacturing and retailing contemporary...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 11, 2013
'The Snowman Fantasy World'
This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the animated version of Raymond Briggs' popular children's book "The Snowman." Originally written in 1978, the picture book was adapted for the screen by Dianne Jackson in 1982, and it has since captivated audiences worldwide.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world