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Japan Times
Oct 3, 2022
'I feel like I can’t live the life I had before Feb. 24'
How do you tell the world about a war? A Japanese publisher and pro-Ukrainian group team up in an attempt to get the story told by the people most affected by it.
Japan Times
Feb 10, 2022
‘What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?’: Satoshi Miki’s inverted monster movie bites off more than it can chew
Satoshi Mikiu2019s disaster film about what happens after a monster attack sounds good on paper, but itu2019s an almighty mess.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jul 27, 2020
'Gone With The Wind' star Olivia de Havilland dies at 104
Born in Japan, the last actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood won two Academy Awards and a legal victory over Hollywood's studio system during her storied career.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2020
Rational versus popular foreign policy
With anti-Chinese sentiment on the rise, crafting rational foreign policy will be increasingly a difficult needle to thread.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / 2019 in Review
Dec 25, 2019
2019 brought both tragedy and triumph to Japan's anime industry
While the anime world was rocked by a fatal arson attack at the studios of Kyoto Animation, a diverse range of new films and series gave the year a creative boost.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 3, 2019
Makoto Shinkai's anime 'Weathering With You' nominated for Annie Awards
The anime film "Weathering With You" by Makoto Shinkai has been nominated in four categories in the 47th annual Annie Awards, including best animated independent feature, the international animated film society ASIFA-Hollywood said Monday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Nov 8, 2019
With the 2019 Tokyo Film Festival having come to a close, we take a look at how anime was represented at the event
In today's world of visual entertainment, it's hard to argue that Japan has any stronger export than animation.
Japan Times
Nov 3, 2019
U.S. anime market matures in 2019
With collaboration between nations increasing, the U.S. is seeing new opportunities in its anime market
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2019
The real Tokyo locations from Makoto Shinkai's anime movies
Tokyo serves as the backdrop for several films by Makoto Shinkai. The renowned anime director has approached the megapolis from multiple angles ranging from the urban decay of this year's "Weathering With You" to the sleek, modern aesthetic of 2016's "Your Name."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Aug 27, 2019
Dior outfits of Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, 103, up for auction
A collection of 27 outfits worn by Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland is going up for auction next month, some of which she wore on screen during her acting career more than 50 years ago.
Japan Times
Aug 22, 2019
'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed
Genres never really die, but they often mutate into something different on foreign soil. John Ford's cowboys became Akira Kurosawa's samurai, and Kurosawa's samurai became Sergio Leone's serape-clad, cigarillo-chewing "The Man With No Name." And the list goes on.
Japan Times
Aug 21, 2019
'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy
The Japanese film industry has made many musical films, but almost no Hollywood-style musicals. One reason why is Eizo Sugawa's "You Can Succeed, Too" (1964), a singing, dancing salaryman musical inspired by the Broadway hit "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Billed by the Toho studio as Japan's "first real musical" it was also famously a flop.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Aug 3, 2019
Understanding 'teru teru bōzu,' the ghost-like charms in 'Weathering With You'
While Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, “Weathering With You,” has already been released in Japan, it’s likely anime fans overseas won’t be able to see the movie until 2020. However, there are a few moments in the film that may leave international audiences scratching their heads when they finally get to see it.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Aug 3, 2019
Anime director Makoto Shinkai's new film can't shake 'Your Name.' comparisons
Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, “Weathering With You” (“Tenki no Ko”), may have outperformed the director’s 2016 blockbuster, “Your Name.,” at the box office on its opening weekend, but it failed to create many waves on social media in its first week.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2019
Makoto Shinkai isn't afraid of a bit of rain in the pursuit of his art
It has been raining for weeks, but director Makoto Shinkai doesn't seem to mind a bit.
Japan Times
Jul 24, 2019
'Weathering With You': Breezy with scattered showers
Arriving in the middle of a seemingly endless rainy season in Tokyo, "Weathering With You" feels like it's benefitted from an ingenious stealth marketing campaign. Little has been left to chance with Makoto Shinkai's follow-up to "Your Name." The film raked in nearly $360 million globally, turning its creator into the most commercially successful anime maker since Hayao Miyazaki.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2019
Convenience store stars for July: Cream puffs, doughnuts and iced soda floats
Green tea, lemon and Makoto Shinkai's film "Weathering With You"-themed fruit-flavored soda drinks all hit convenience stores shelves this month.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 2, 2018
YouTube: Picking up where TV cooking shows left off
YouTube channels such as "Jun's Kitchen," "Cooking With Dog" and "Ochikeron" are using the video sharing platform (and often cute animals) to show just how easy it is to make Japanese food.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Pulsations
Dec 16, 2017
'Book With No Pictures' is leaving kids in stitches
Picture-less book a hit with kids
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Aug 31, 2017
Sotheby's set to auction Vivien Leigh's diaries recording Olivier romance, GWTW notes
Diaries and a ring tracing the love affair between "Gone with the Wind" star Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier are going up for auction in London next month, providing a glimpse into one of Hollywood's most notorious relationships.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves