Sumo 101: Kuramae Kokugikan

Sumo Sep 10, 2019

Sumo 101: Kuramae Kokugikan

by John Gunning

The six yearly grand sumo tournaments are held at four locations. The January, March and September meets are in Tokyo, while the March, July and November tournaments take place in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka, respectively. The venues for all six have remained the same for decades ...

Film Sep 5, 2013

'The Wolverine' draws from other Hollywood hits set in Japan

by Mark Schilling

Director James Mangold has claimed Japanese film influences on his Marvel comic adaptation "The Wolverine," including Akira Kurosawa's 1957 film "Kumonosu-jo (The Throne of Blood)." But the film, in which Hugh Jackman's immortal Wolverine character comes to Japan, falls in love with a local ...