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Japan’s ‘Customer is God’ culture in the spotlight in Keigo Higashino’s latest mystery on screen, ‘Masquerade Hotel’
December 30, 2019 47926 Likes
 The button on her jacket fell off, so she called the front-desk clerk to her room to search for it. His computer accidentally deleted the last entered data, so he forced the hote
LIFESTYLE
‘The Fable’: An action-packed appeal for work-life balance
December 30, 2019 33261 Likes
 It’s never a good sign when a country comes down to inventing a phrase to describe “death from overwork.” So when Japan came up with karoshi, a term coined in 1978 to describe su
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Interview with Makoto Shinkai: Background to Weathering with You
December 06, 2019 33261 Likes
Your Name (2016) has gone down in Japanese cinema history as a record and ground-breaking movie, bringing Makoto Shinkai into the spotlight as Japan’s leading animation director. T
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Weathering with You brings Japanese animation to Indian cinema; Interview with director Makoto Shinkai
December 06, 2019 13578 Likes
The Japanese Film Festival in India, hosted by the Japan Foundation, began in New Delhi on September 27. The festival will travel to seven cities and screen 25 films, including the
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The Japanese office is the secret villain in the musical ‘Dance with Me’
December 03, 2019 23659 Likes
Japan doesn’t really do musicals. They’re one of the most underrepresented film genres in the country, with many years passing between the releases of Japanese musicals, which — wh
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Global stars, filmmakers talk film, inspiration, future at Tokyo International Film Festival 2019’s Asia Networking Reception
November 29, 2019 11 Likes
The annual Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off on October 28 for the 32nd consecutive year, gathering global actors, filmmakers, and fans for yet another round of i
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‘Little Love Song’: A global message from a small Japanese island
November 27, 2019 24509 Likes
There is a saying in Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island, that sounds much simpler than its meaning: Ichariba choodee. The two-word phrase means “once we meet, we are brothers and
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The Japanese Film Festival 2019 in The Philippines
November 22, 2019 9 Likes
The 2018 blockbuster One Cut of the Dead and the works of Cannes 2018 Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Koreeda’s, headlined this year’s Japanese Film Festival in the Ph
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5 of the best Japanese animation movies released in 2019
November 15, 2019 12975 Likes
With multiple hits exploring relatable themes, 2019 was another memorable year for Japanese animation. Makoto Shinkai’s long-awaited post-Your Name-animation, Weathering with You,
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Seven reasons why ‘12 Suicidal Teens’ is one of the most watch-worthy films of the year
October 31, 2019 27350 Likes
When the official trailer of Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s latest movie, 12 Suicidal Teens, was released last November, it reached six million views in only 24 hours. It was the highest numb
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‘Samurai Shifters’ is a comedy full of work efficiency, teamwork tips we can all instantly incorporate into our careers
October 23, 2019 11206 Likes
 Unexpected notice, an unfamiliar destination, limited time and funds — the plot sounds painfully familiar to anyone who has been ordered to transfer to a new location at a certai
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Three evergreen Halloween costumes inspired by Japanese pop culture on film
October 17, 2019 23325 Likes
Halloween may not be a tradition practiced everywhere in the world, but one thing that unites us across cultures and borders is the occasional urge to put ourselves in someone else
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‘A Banana? At This Time of Night?’: Lessons from Yasuaki Shikano, the physically disabled man who chose freedom
October 08, 2019 24285 Likes
A year ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, in July 2019 Japan made a historical leap forward: two wheelchair-bound politicians, Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura, w
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‘Bento Harassment’: When words of wisdom won’t help, creative lunch boxes might do
October 08, 2019 23485 Likes
The best ingredient to a delicious meal is the company we share it with — our loved ones, people we look up to; friends who hold a special part in our lives. Indeed, there is nothi
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Japanese Film Festival in India premieres 27 September
September 18, 2019 26 Likes
The Japan Foundation has announced that ‘Japanese Film Festival in India’ will be held in seven cities across India, featuring 25 Japanese films as part of a large Japanese film fe
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Obon in Japan: 3 Films About Love, Loss and Carrying On
August 29, 2019 26874 Likes
Among painful experiences, losing people and things that are most precious to us is right at the top. To soothe the heart as well as honor the dead, Japan celebrates the festival o
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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: 3 Movies for Mountain Day
August 22, 2019 27497 Likes
When you think of Japan, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Mt. Fuji, right? Japan’s highest mountain has inspired many visitors to see its iconic shape in person. But Fuji
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3 Films Showcasing Japan’s Passion for Fireworks
August 08, 2019 17985 Likes
Lighting the sky in dazzling displays of color, fireworks (called hanabi in Japanese) have been a summer staple in Japan since the Edo period (1603–1867). So integral are they to t
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Ready to play checkmate with Japan’s No.1 mystery writer?
July 18, 2019 21831 Likes
There’s something about Keigo Higashino that sends you spinning from page one — and the most intriguing part is that you don’t really know what it is. Or rather, you can’t possibly
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Dive into These 3 Hot New Summer Flicks
July 11, 2019 8752 Likes
After weeks and weeks of seemingly endless rain in Japan’s rainy season of June, people itch to get outside and enjoy the best of what summer has to offer. In Japan — as in many ot
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