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Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Dec 4, 2022
Firebrand poet Rin Ishigaki speaks for modern women in 'This Overflowing Light'
Poet Rin Ishigaki may not have been as prolific as some of her contemporaries such as Makoto Ooka and Shuntaro Tanikawa, but she occupies a unique space in Japanese poetry with her affinity for elevating the familiar and her pragmatic take on the human condition.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
May 15, 2022
'This Monk Wears Heels' is a thing of beauty
Makeup artist, Buddhist monk and LGBTQ advocate Kodo Nishimura's memoir is a heartfelt and fun read that asks us to look inward with clear compassion and love ourselves.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Jun 27, 2020
Bradford Smith's years in Japan influenced his writing career
For author and educator Bradford Smith, years in Japan inspired a lifelong fascination with the country that influenced his writing career.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Sep 5, 2019
Manic Street Preachers bring best-selling album to Japan, 20 years on
Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers prepare for two dates in Tokyo at which their 1998 hit album 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' will be played in full
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jun 16, 2018
Online Japanese releases under fire after missing the mark
Even the most innocuous upload can carry political baggage online in 2018. It’s a truth Western users have become used to, where a pancake restaurant’s idiotic rebranding strategy can become a discussion about the appropriation of gang culture. Recent examples show that Japanese netizens are just as interested in dissecting content that in years past would have just been expected.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
May 26, 2018
Twenty-five years on, Alan Booth's voice is brought back to life
'This Great Stage of Fools' offers a collection of Alan Booth's uncollected journalism and writings between 1979 and his untimely death in 1993. Booth is be considered one of the greatest writers on Japan of his generation.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 5, 2017
Two Japanese animated films in contention for top recognition at Annie Awards
Two Japanese animated films — one dealing with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the other about the fantastical adventures of a nap-loving high school girl — have been nominated in one of the main categories for the 45th annual Annie Awards.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Apr 22, 2017
'Curse on This Country: The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan': Of insubordination and the road to WWII
In "Curse on This Country: The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan," multi-lingual Hebrew University senior lecturer Danny Orbach tracks nearly 80 years (1860-1936) of the influence of the Imperial Japanese Army's officer class on Japan.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Nov 16, 2016
'In This Corner of the World': Katabuchi's war film has a human heart
Going into "In This Corner of the World" ("Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni"), Sunao Katabuchi's animation about a girl's coming of age in prewar Hiroshima and wartime Kure, I was vaguely expecting an anti-war film like Isao Takahata's classic "Grave of the Fireflies" ("Hotaru no Haka," 1988), with its heart-rending story of a boy struggling and failing to care for his younger sister in the midst of wartime chaos.
CULTURE / Art
Feb 5, 2015
Kazuhiro Goshima: The sheer amount of information in 4K ‘exceeds’ reality
Japanese artist Kazuhiro Goshima discusses film, movies and everything in between:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Oct 22, 2013
Biollante "Alone in this World"
Tokyo's Biollante has found a clever way of standing out among the ever-crowded field of Japanese bedroom music producers — get melancholic.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 7, 2009
Consequences of hostility on the Peninsula
SEOUL — Once again, the Korean Peninsula is experiencing one of its periodic bouts of extremism, this time marked by the suicide May 22 of former President Roh Moo Hyun, and North Korea's second test of a nuclear device.
COMMENTARY / World
May 17, 2009
A story line to push the economy
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Since hitting bottom in early March, the world's major stock markets have all risen dramatically. Some, notably in China and Brazil, reached lows last fall and again in March, before rebounding sharply, with Brazil's Bovespa up 75 percent in May compared to late October 2008, and the Shanghai Composite up 54 percent in roughly the same period. The stock market news just about everywhere has been very good since March.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?