Resurrecting Winston Churchill, and Other Stories From Japanese Special Effects Makeup Artist Kazuhiro Tsuji

  A Japanese special effects makeup artist has caused a revolution in Hollywood. He is Kazuhiro Tsuji, 48, the artist from Kyoto who was awarded the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for his work recreating the former United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill for the film Darkest Hour.   Tsuji is a modernist […]

YouTuber ‘Whimsical Cook’: Making You Prepare—and Love—Fish Dishes the Japanese Way

  Have you heard of the YouTuber who shows how to clean and fillet fish the traditional Japanese way, and gets more than 600,000 followers for it?   His name is Kimagure Cook—translated: Whimsical Cook.   The name comes from his fickle approach to posting videos on YouTube. Instead of doing so regularly, he posts […]

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan to Headline Fuji Rock 2018, Joined by Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D., Skrillex

  American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will headline the this year’s Fuji Rock Festival, the largest outdoor music event in Japan, the show’s official website announced. It will be Dylan’s 101st performance in Japan, and his first since he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.     Dylan is known for timeless hits, […]

Japanese Swords: ‘Tatara,’ the Traditional Iron and Steel Culture of the San’in

  The traditional dance performance of Iwami Kagura tells the story of the discovery of steelmaking in Izumo, Japan, through the metaphor of the deity Susano-o quelling the eight-headed, eight-tailed serpent dragon Yamata no Orochi.   I was treated to a beguiling performance of this story when I visited the spiritual and mythical origins of […]

2018 Sakura Photo Contest, and the Latest Fashion Craze for Cherry Blossom Photographers

  JAPAN Forward Announces 2018 Cherry Blossom Photo Contest   The season for Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is fast approaching in Tokyo and the Kanto region. Here and there, early Sakura blossoms are being reported, and the season of full-bloom is predicted to arrive by the end of this month, March. Friends and officemates […]