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Review: Ichiro Kataoka, Benshi

During their 2004 centennial celebration of Yasujiro Ozu, the Harvard Film Archive hosted Midori Sawato, one of a handful of silent-film narrators, or benshi, still active in Japan.
Sounds of silents  
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2012
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On the Cheap: Swish Shabu

Swish Shabu is tucked away on a serene stretch of Peterborough Street in the Fenway area.
Build your own meal, featuring the art of the hot pot
By KENDALL SALTER  |  August 24, 2012
Short Take: I Wish

Review: I Wish

Two elementary school brothers living in southern Japan are forced to live in different cities due to the estrangement of their parents.
The estrangement of two brothers
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 25, 2012
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Tasting excellence at Miyake

There is a theory about the extreme inequality found in American culture and economy that goes something like this: inequality is the price of a culture designed to identify and reward great talent.
Flavor frenzy
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 18, 2012
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Review: Battle Royale (2000)

In a not-so-distant future society that has devolved into chaos, Japan's youth run amok, Clockwork Orange –style, and the government has passed an act decreeing that one unruly grade-school class will face off in a battle from which only one will emerg
A not-so-distant future society
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 24, 2012
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Review: Littlerock(1)

Two young Japanese tourists, siblings Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
Altogether original
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011


Review: Sakura

On Wickenden Street with a friend, looking for a reasonably priced lunch, it occurred to me that a nice bowl of donburi would be cheap and filling. Sakura it was.
Lots of choices for lunch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 09, 2011
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Review: Wretches and Jabberers

Imagine having as much inside you — thoughts, feelings, desires, needs — as you really do, but being unable to express them.
Documentary searches for the heart of autism
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011
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Photos: Anime Boston 2011

Anime Boston , winner of the Best Nerd Gathering  award in the Phoenix Best 2011, takes over the Hynes Convention Center on April 22-24, 2011.
Anime Boston | Hynes Convention Center | April 22-24, 2011
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  April 29, 2011
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Japan's Chernobyl

It may have receded from the headlines, but the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station continues.
Plus, what's Donald Trump all about?
By EDITORIAL  |  April 15, 2011
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Review: Yakuza 4

At one point in Yakuza 4 , a grizzled old gangster gives some advice to an upstart.
Gangster’s paradise
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 15, 2011


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It's Japan's turn

This letter is in response to your editorial, "Nuclear Failure" (March 18), covering the disaster in Japan. It never fails to amaze me that change always has to be the result of catastrophe.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 8, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 08, 2011
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Maine nuke reports missing

With Japan in the midst of the most serious nuclear power plant mishap since Chernobyl, Mainers may have been looking for reassurances regarding the spent fuel stranded at what was once Maine Yankee.
Seeking solace
By COLIN WOODARD  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: Pai Men Miyake

I suppose there will be a time when Portlanders barely remember Masa Miyake's first sushi bar.
Second time’s as charming
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: A cornucopia of local art at Aucocisco

Ignore the title: this is less of an "audition" than a cabaret.
Eight is enough
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 25, 2011
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Tiny Showcase grapples with a market gone big

Jon Buonaccorsi stands alongside a large, rectangular table and plays with a series of flat, wooden pieces that, when assembled, make for an arty little pizza shop that might look sharp on your mantle.
Print It
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 25, 2011


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Nuclear Failure

"Most people today," writes political philosopher John Gray, "think they belong to a species that can be master of its destiny. This is faith, not science. The unfolding disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station sorely strains that fai
When safe enough doesn't cut it
By EDITORIAL  |  March 18, 2011

“This is going to get worse": Nuclear meltdown a real possibility for Fukushima Daiichi


What happens when a nuclear power plant loses power? Answer: Nothing good. In Japan, the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has gone from...
By Ariel Shearer  |  March 15, 2011
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What the Miyake family eats

Finding out your daughter's classmate's father is this city's most eye-opening chef makes you feel special.
Visiting a chef at home
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 11, 2011
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Review: Kuroneko

In Kaneto Shindô's 1968 baroque Japanese period piece, samurai run wild as ignoble marauders.
Poe meets Oedipus Rex, in glorious Nippon
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 29, 2010

Review: Ichigo Ichie

Do you know anyone who still thinks that a meal at a Japanese restaurant means starting with a cup of miso soup, continuing with a California roll, and settling for teriyaki or tempura for the main course? If so, send them to Ichigo Ichie, which is to a
Beyond tempura and teriyaki
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2010


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Cultural studies(1)

Jason Evans's bread and butter is commercial sports photography, shooting the likes of Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, and tennis stars Roger Federer, Venus Williams, and Lindsay Davenport.
'Surf Island' and 'The Japan Craze' at Newport Art Museum
By GREG COOK  |  August 13, 2010
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Dutch courage

When you've already written a novel like Cloud Atlas , which travels from 1850 to the apocalyptic future and back again, writing a historical novel might be redundant.
David Mitchell's Jacob de Zoet revises historical fiction
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010
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Slideshow: Drainspotting in Japan

A collection of artistic Japanese manhole covers
  Remo Camerota's photographs of manhole covers in Japan, where 95% of municipalities take pride in their artistic drains.
By REMO CAMEROTA  |  June 11, 2010
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Photos: Japanese Mascots

Meet the mascots from Edward Harrison and John Harrison's book  Idle Idol.
Japan's love of kitsch and cuteness in all aspects of life, as expressed by their mascots.
By EDWARD HARRISON AND JOHN HARRISON  |  June 11, 2010
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Making waves

Rhode Island’s upstart National Public Radio affiliate, WRNI, aims to be nothing less than a major media player here. And in the space of just a couple of years, the station has taken some impressive first steps.
Can WRNI supplant the ProJo as the state’s news king?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 11, 2010


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Review: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

The cheeky title conjures up belovedly tacky 1950s Japanese sci-fi films, but Jessica Oreck’s actual effort is a pallid, thinly poetic documentary essay about Japan’s obsession with insects.
Pallid documentary on Japan's insect obsession
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 04, 2010
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High and low culture from Japan

Attention, admirers of quirky kitsch and over-the-top aesthetics: hit PAUSE on that Belle and Sebastian record for a second.
Art of the Hole Dept.
By LANCE GOULD  |  June 04, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010

Play by Play: May 21, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 21, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010