Thursday, July 25 2013
Legendary French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss catches a glimpse of disappearing traditions through Japanese eyes in these new translations of his lectures, essays and interviews.
Wednesday, July 17 2013
Returning after Buried Death and a seemingly endless jag of compilation appearances and vinyl splits, Coffins rises again
Thursday, October 27 2011
Huraki Murakami is stretching himself to create a sort of hybrid between his humourous and off-beat slipstream novels and the aching and yearning of romance that permeates his more mainstream stuff.
Wednesday, August 31 2011
Even with all possible praise worded out and heaped onto this new Dir En Grey masterpiece, there is still one thing left that I cannot stress upon enough... the only obstacle Dir En Grey have to best are themselves, and they are only going to get better and better from here on.
Wednesday, May 18 2011
Last week, PopMatters sat down with Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute at Hiroshima University to discuss the impact, toll, and future that Japan faces following the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. His insights shed much light on what has happened and what will take place in the near future ...
Thursday, June 17 2010
Tokyo Sonata shifts between various narratives of a family in turmoil, as each person struggles to find happiness and solace in what has become a life of overwhelming structure and rules beyond one’s control.
Tuesday, October 20 2009
Nash offers a study of kamishibai's influence on modern manga, and how Japanese comics differ from American ones (as well as answering a common question: "What's with the wide eyes?").
Thursday, October 15 2009
With its narrow streets and dark and hidden infoldings, there’s a distinctly feminine, mysterious, and inexplicably magnetic aspect to Japan that exists in few other places in the world.
Tuesday, May 5 2009
Wings of Defeat shows that, then and now, the kamikaze pilots were complicated and diverse individuals, not stereotypical fanatics.
Monday, February 16 2009
The writers' reflections on Japanese identity are never undertaken in isolation from the world -- they are informed by a strong awareness of the world beyond their islands.