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Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jul 1, 2013
Japanese film picks up prize at Moscow festival
"The Ravine of Goodbye," a Japanese film by director Tatsushi Omori, won the Special Jury Prize at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival that ended Saturday, while "The Particle," a drama by Turkish director and writer Erdem Tepegoz, won the best film prize.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 30, 2013
Delving into Ethiopia's ancient past and present
I'm edging my way through a long tunnel in pitch darkness, feeling for the roof so I don't hit my head, waving my trusty flashlight around to scan the walls and sandy floor and check for any unwelcome wildlife. I feel like Indiana Jones but a lot less brave.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 30, 2013
A cup of coffee in cheerful ceremonial style
Ethiopia has no tea ceremony, but it does have a coffee ceremony all its own.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 26, 2013
James Gandolfini and the art of 'The Sopranos'
James Gandolfini's legacy will remain a cascade of popular television programs that people who search for quality aren't embarrassed about to watch and debate.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / TECH_JAPAN
Jun 25, 2013
Finally, 'The Last of Us' is here
Finally, 'The Last of Us' is here
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jun 20, 2013
For a nonverbal theater group, The Original Tempo has a lot to say
"The Yellow Raincoat Squad' is charming and engaging. This is another one of those productions that defies description but is a must-see for all ages," wrote Catherine Lamm in The British Theatre Guide in August, 2009. Lamm was reviewing one of Japan's best-kept theatrical secrets: The Original Tempo...
JAPAN
Jun 20, 2013
New batch of Filipino health workers leaves for Japan
A new batch of Filipino health workers, pre-qualified to train for practicing their profession in Japan under a bilateral agreement, left the Philippines for Japan on Wednesday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 20, 2013
'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'
Leo Lionni was an accomplished painter, sculptor and graphic designer, but he is best known as the acclaimed author and illustrator of popular children's books such as "Swimmy" and "Frederick."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 20, 2013
UNESCO register adds Japan mission to archive
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Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 14, 2013
'Great Gatsby' reunites Luhrmann, DiCaprio
"The Great Gatsby" is a classic novel from 1925 that is often a required part of the school curriculum in North America. However, it has yet to become a classic film.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jun 14, 2013
Mishima plays get the puppet treatment
The "Five Modern Noh Plays" by Yukio Mishima (1925-70) has already been the subject of many adaptations, but the latest is by marionette theater company Youkiza. Not only is the original set of yūgen (a mysterious, profound universe) retained, but so is the modern approach typical of novelist Mishima's...
WORLD
Jun 13, 2013
U.S. quietly sabotages al-Qaida's flashy online magazine
U.S. intelligence operatives covertly sabotaged a prominent al-Qaida online magazine last month in an apparent attempt to sow confusion among the group's followers, according to officials.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 13, 2013
Making sense of medieval avatars
The Western model of sexual equality — one that drives women to focus on careers but also contributes to lower birthrates — may not be an entirely unmixed blessing, but the roots of the West's gender attitudes run deep and stem from some interesting places, as "The Lady and the Unicorn" exhibition...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 6, 2013
How far does the apple drop?
"I don't like Graffiti" states French artist Zevs, who is known for his street-art work and is currently showing at The Container in Daikanyama.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jun 6, 2013
Metal act Gotsu Totsu Kotsu swap vikings with samurai to instill fear in fans
When pop fans hear the words 'death metal,' they may cringe as they imagine songs about nails in the neck or impalements by bands with names like Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus. What may not spring to mind are songs about feudal Japan.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 5, 2013
Japan to allow online sales of 99% of all OTC drugs
The administration, as part of its strategy to stimulate growth, decides to allow more than 99 percent of nonprescription drugs to be sold over the Internet.
CULTURE / Art / Japan Pulse
May 30, 2013
Tweet Beat: #真4, #ソクラテスの死, #キスの日
A new videogame, a fresh take on an old painting and kissing (timeless!) are among the top Twitter trends in Japan last week.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 23, 2013
Cesium levels in water, plankton baffle scientists
Plankton and seawater samples taken less than a year after the Fukushima meltdowns show high concentrations of radioactive cesium at different locations, puzzling scientists.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 9, 2013
'Natsume Soseki and Arts'
Natsume Soseki, one of Japan's great Meiji Era (1868-1912) writers, is best known for the novels "Kokoro," "Botchan," " I Am a Cat" and his unfinished work "Light and Darkness." He was also a fan of, and particularly knowledgeable about, Japanese and British art, often referring to famous painters in...
COMMENTARY / World
May 4, 2013
An attitude that smacks of might makes right
With regard to other countries with maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea, China appears to have assumed the attitude that might makes right.

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