No3 [Cinema] A well deserved tribute to Shindo and Yoshimura

© BFI Southbank Two great figures of Japan’s post-war cinema will be celebrated in an exhibition at the BFI Southbank, running until the 30th of July. It will be a good opportunity to discover their best movies. In Great Britain at least, a memorable anniversary in the history of Japanese cinemat[...]

No3 [Literature] I am a cat

The narrator of this tale is a cat who belongs to an English teacher ill at ease with himself and who suffers from depression and stomach pain. He observes the sick society of the Meiji era all sorts of intellectuals parading through the house of his master, meditating on the meaning of life. While [...]

No2 [DVD] Laughter for the benefit of all

People often say that the Japanese do not enjoy laughter and that they are always serious. However, just like in any society, laughter often arises in everyday life. People may laugh at different things in Japan to those we do in the West, but it is laughter nevertheless. The Japanese cinema is no e[...]

No1 [Exhibition] The wonderful land of Hello Kitty

Copyright Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts Until June 24th, at the SCVA, you can meet the characters who have been populating Japanese everyday life for the past fifty years. Bye Bye Kitty!!! No, this is no joke. A little over a year ago, New York’s Japan Society was hosting an exhibition with[...]

No1 [Literature] dial c for crime

This is a rendez-vous with one of Japan’s best authors. The Devotion Of Suspect X shows the maturity that crime novels have reached in the archipelago. After the Second World War, Japanese crime literature experienced the same diversification as in the West. The same categories of crime novels as [...]

No1 [DVD] on living happily ever after

In Roujin Z, the author of Akira tackles a burning subject. Unfortunately, Kitakubo’s adaptation doesn’t draw to its level. One of the companies that has been dealing with advertisement in the press is called France Bed. In spite of its name, it isn’t French, but it deals with selling all kind[...]

No1 [Manga] Fantasy on all floors

Ryugamine Mikado is a young teenager who dreams of the exciting life of big cities. when his childhood friend Kida Masaomi invites him, he gets transferred to a high school in Ikebukuro, in the northern quarters of the capital. Masaomi warns him about some people he should avoid: a violent man dress[...]

No1 [Exhibition] Kusama takes the Tate modern

© Yayoi Kusama and © Yayoi Kusama Studios Inc. A retrospective exhibition dedicated to the 83-year-old artist allows us to grasp both the diversity and the radicalism of her art. Upon arriving to Miyanoura harbour, on the island of Naoshima, the first thing that you notice is a gigantic red pumpki[...]