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The New World Will Be Built by Refugees: On Two New Japanese Novellas

The latest two Red Circle Minis, by Takuji Ichikawak and Kanji Hanawa, deal in archetypes; one set in the distant past, the other in the all too near future.

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Foreigners' Rights in Japan: Interview with Activist and Writer Debito Arudou

A native of New York who eventually became a naturalized Japanese citizen, Arudou expresses strongly-held views on the situation of foreign residents in Japan.

Film

On Mishima, and Feeling That One Exists

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a singular portrait of an artist's life lived so fiercely as to have left an indelible mark on an alienated world seeking affirmation for its own existence.

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Tadao Tsuge's 'Slum Wolf' Provides a Dramatic Look at the Persistence of the Disaffected

After the devastating effects of American bombings of Japan during World War II, how do people rebuild themselves and their society? Tadao Tsuge explores these difficulties in Slum Wolf.

Books

'Ghosts of the Tsunami' Easily Ranks Among the Best Accomplishments of Journalistic Narrative This Century

Richard Parry investigates what happened at Okawa Elementary following the 2011 earthquake, and what broader lessons the tragedy teaches us.

Film

From All Angles: Megumi Sasaki on 'A Whale of a Tale'

The Cove enraged many an animal activist in 2009, but Megumi Sasaki offers an unbiased look at the controversy of whaling and dolphin hunting in the Japanese town of Taiji.

Books

Populism as High Art: Getting to the Heart of Ishiro Honda

A new biography of the groundbreaking -- yet unassuming -- film director explores his multifaceted life and work.

Film

The Subversive Creativity in Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs'

Wes Anderson has created a powerful (though unassuming) sociopolitical statement about the causes and consequences of segregation.

Music

Mono: Requiem for Hell

Mono's main strength is their ability to make one realize how infinitesimal they are in the universe.

Music

Wagakki Band Transfix New York Crowd with Dynamic Show (Photos)

Wagakki Band fuse traditional Japanese instruments together with guitars and other elements. They visited NYC for a rare show ahead of SXSW.

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'The World of Kanako' Is a World of Stylized Insanity

Intense violence and a willingness to experiment with genre and style make The World of Kanako a film fit for both the arthouse and exploitation crowds.

Film

An Epochal Tragedy Transforms Into a World Cinema Masterwork in 'Throne of Blood'

By combining Macbeth with elements of traditional Japanese drama, Akira Kurosawa produced a singular, transcultural film experience.

Music

The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 4: 40 - 21

Stories sung with grace and compassion. We can only hope our stories will be told so well, sometime.

Events

The Japan Society: 'Shamisen Sessions 3: A Salute to Tradition' - 20 November 2014

Japanese music, specifically a shamisen performance, can be a hard sell initially, but a Westerner might find some similarities with Appalachian folk music.

Books

Soul Murder and Dreams in 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage'

Like the cobwebs and spider webs that colonize a neglected basement, Haruki Murakami’s filamentous plot threads trail uncannily across our psyches.

Music

Boris: Noise

This is probably Boris’ most accessible record to date and the overall feeling is that it has, once again, managed to mould its inspiration while remaining quintessentially "Boris".

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A Message Carefully Wrapped and Sealed in a Ziploc Bag

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being is an enormous step forward from her prior novels, taking on nothing less than the meaning of time itself.

Culture

Selling Japan: How Much Is a Nation's Culture Worth?

Via the billion-dollar Cool Japan Fund Inc, Japan is aiming to become one of the world's dominant culture forces. But can a national culture be commodified so easily?

Books

Hello Kitty's Silent March toward World Domination: 'Pink Globalization'

For all of her meticulous research and personal communications with fans, Sanrio employees, authors, and others, Christine Yano does an exceptional job of mining the Hello Kitty multiverse.

Books

'Dragon Island' Will Appeal to Adults with Fond Memories of Thrilling Saturday Morning Cartoons

The influences build, slowly at first, but more assured as the story progresses, adding color and depth to the world Shane Berryhill created.

Politics

Waves of Grain: How World War II Created Our World

World War II changed the way we eat, live and work on such a fundamental scale that to those in the West it seems like there has never been anything other than the globalized world it created.

Music

Glen Campbell: Live In Japan

Live In Japan is an artifact completely unworthy of the reissue treatment.

Music

Sachiko & Fukuoka Rinji: αTOMOΣ

Fifty minutes of pure ambient drone, αTOMOΣ is enough to give you bad dreams, in a good way.

Emma H. Sundstrom
Music

Majutsu No Niwa: Frontera

Majutsu No Niwa offers few surprises on their sophomore record. As with so many psychedelic albums, Frontera's length outstrips its substance.

Emma H. Sundstrom
Books

'1Q84': A World that Bears a Question

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.

Film

'Norwegian Wood' Is Pretty Onscreen, But Puzzling

Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood has been referred to as the "Japanese Catcher in the Rye", but J. D. Salinger said that his book was not actable and he would never sell the rights to Hollywood. Maybe Murakami should have listened to Salinger.

Culture

After Fukushima: An Interview with Dr. Robert Jacobs

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 ...

Lewis Huxley
Reviews

Tokyo Sonata Is Truly a Brilliant Film

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.

Books

Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater by Eric P. Nash

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?").

Travel

Looking for the Lost: Memoirs of a Vanishing Japan

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.

Television

Independent Lens: Wings of Defeat

Wings of Defeat shows that, then and now, the kamikaze pilots were complicated and diverse individuals, not stereotypical fanatics.

Books

One Morning Like a Bird by Andrew Miller

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.

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In a Groove, in a Grove

Even in the dead of summer when a cacophony of cicadas clinging to the limbs assail the ears, the visitor caught in the grove cannot help but be sucked into the mystical vortex.

Music

Nagisa Ni Te: Yosuga

It’s a fairly pretty album. It’s quite nice.

Books

The Graphic Report: Summer Edition

And so, on to looking at what's worth reading, graphic novel-speaking, before fall comes calling.

News

Discovered 'Genji' sets offer avenues for interpretation

Tomoko Nishida and Shinya Machida
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