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Tokyo Otaku Mode selling replicas of manga art

TOKYO -- Tokyo Otaku Mode, a U.S. social networking site specializing in Japanese anime and manga, is expanding its online retailing business. The company mostly deals in its own goods, but is now handling products developed by Japanese publisher...

  • Museums wrestle with how to display, preserve contemporary art

    TOKYO -- Museums the world over have a problem with contemporary art. Namely, the particular needs of art installations can often prevent them from being displayed properly. There are works, for instance, that play videos on outdated TVs. Other ...

  • Knowledge through enjoyment; the art of Okinawan woven leaf toys

    You may not be familiar with these names -- Adan, Biro, Akatakonoki, Sotetsu and Kurotsugu. They are all plants that grow in Okinawa Prefecture, where I live. These plants form an attractive landscape feature in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefectu...

  • New films expose repressed histories in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's filmgoers have the opportunity this spring and summer to view several films from Asia that illuminate terrible, long-buried events from modern history. By telling the stories of nations butchering their own citizens, these masterful ...

  • Students spared the cramming life at elite South Korean schools

    SEOUL -- South Korea's school entrance examinations are known to be even tougher than Japan's. But interest is growing in schools for the gifted that reject a one-size-fits-all approach heavy on memorization in favor of a more flexible style. In ...

  • Alibaba and the rural capitalists -- a modern Chinese fable

    JIEYANG, China -- The village of Junpu was, until very recently, on a slow track to certain demise. Anyone young and able-bodied would try and get a job in the massive sprawl of shoe and apparel factories elsewhere in Guangdong Province. Junpu, o...

  • Cool Japan Fund to invest $1.4B to promote Japan overseas

    TOKYO -- Cool Japan Fund plans to invest a total of 150 billion yen ($1.44 billion) over the next five years to promote home-grown products and culture abroad. The joint government-private sector fund will invest in five areas -- contents, food c...

  • 10,400km -- the swimming distance from Taiwan to the major leagues

    MILWAUKEE -- From the moment Asia's latest major leaguer arrived at the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training camp in Phoenix, Arizona, he understood the enormity of the task at hand. Asked to describe the feeling of trying to make the unprecedented...

  • Free app helps foreigners navigate Tokyo subways

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Metro began offering a free smartphone app on Tuesday aimed at helping travelers navigate the capital's tangle of subway lines. The company hopes the app will make it easier for tourists to get around ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. ...

  • Takarazuka Revue celebrates centennial in a floral motif

    TOKYO -- To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Takarazuka Revue, the all-women company's Moon Troupe is putting on a special program at the Takarazuka Grand Theater, in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. During the show, 100 dancers in costumes me...

  • Indonesian midfielder to sign with Japanese club

    TOKYO -- Stefano Lilipaly, a midfielder on the Indonesian national squad, has turned down offers from three local clubs to instead play for the Consadole Sapporo soccer team in Japan. The Dutch-born Lilipaly, who now plays for Almere City in the ...

  • 'Gundam' blasting into Asia on 35th anniversary

    TOKYO -- Japan's landmark "Gundam" franchise turns 35 this year, and Namco Bandai Holdings is marking the occasion with an all-out offensive in greater Asia, aiming to take its fan base global. Thursday night, in Tokyo's waterfront Odaiba distric...

  • Japan turns to 'animenomics'

    TOKYO -- Japanese businesses and municipalities are turning to anime to create buzz. From Thursday through Sunday, the Association of Japanese Animations and other participants host the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2014 in Nihonbashi district. The ...

  • Japan's literati impervious to politics

    TOKYO -- Bookworms across Northeast Asia seem indifferent to the region's political fights. Literary works by popular contemporary Japanese authors such as Keigo Higashino and Kotaro Isaka are being translated quickly and sold in South Korea, Chi...

  • From Hirosaki in Japan, a tale with a Bollywood ending

    MUMBAI -- At the climax of most every Bollywood film, men and women dance about in glitzy costumes. Can you spot the only Japanese dancer in the crowd? Her name is Ayako Sekimoto, she is 28 and, in India's multiracial society, might just pass as ...

  • Forget the white dress: Kyoto to host Japanese-style weddings for visitors

    TOKYO -- Couples from other parts of Asia will soon have a new option for getting hitched: a traditional wedding in Japan's ancient capital. Kyoto Prefecture intends to team up with wedding organizers and other companies to host nuptials for visi...

  • Japan's Tohoku University nurtures century-old ties to China

    TOKYO -- More than half the international students at Japan's Tohoku University, in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, hail from China, and the prestigious institution counts many prominent Chinese academics among its alumni, including mathematicians Su Buqi...

  • Grated Japanese radish art adds fun to family dinner

    TOKYO -- Decorated lattes may be fun for the cafe crowd, but for Japan's kitchen set, grated daikon art is where it's at. Turning daikon, or Japanese radish, into culinary sculptures is fast becoming a hobby for many Japanese homemakers. Not only...

  • Yamanashi aims for marketing goals with Indonesian soccer star

    TOKYO -- J. League club Ventforet Kofu is expecting a lot from Irfan Bachdim, both on the field and off. The Yamanashi Prefecture-based team signed Irfan, the Japanese professional soccer league's first Indonesian player, in January. Both the tea...

  • Tianjin Peking Opera to perform a classic in Japan

    TOKYO -- A distinguished Peking opera troupe is coming to Japan from late May to mid-June to stage a performance of one of Asia's best-known pieces of history. The opera's full title is "Xiangyu the Conqueror Bids Farewell to his Concubine: The B...