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A Page of Madness: The Lost, Avant Garde Masterpiece from Early Japanese Cinema (1926)

It’s a sad fact that the vast majority of silent movies in Japan have been lost thanks to human carelessness, earthquakes and the grim efficiency of the United States Air Force. The first films of hugely important figures like Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Hiroshi Shimizu have simply vanished. So we should consider ourselves fortunate that Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Kuretta Ippei -- a 1926 film known in the States as A Page of Madness -- has somehow managed to survive the vagaries of fate. Kinuga...
Tags: Google, Japan, Yahoo, Film, College, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Akira Kurosawa, States, Born, Cabinet, Page, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, United States Air Force, Abel Gance


Download Vincent van Gogh’s Collection of 500 Japanese Prints, Which Inspired Him to Create “the Art of the Future”

Vincent van Gogh never went to Japan, but he did spend quite a bit of time in Arles, which he considered the Japan of France. What made him think of the place that way had to do entirely with aesthetics. The Netherlands-born painter had moved to Paris in 1886, but two years later he set off for the south of France in hopes of finding real-life equivalents of the "clearness of the atmosphere and the gay colour effects" of Japanese prints. These days, we've all seen at least a few examples of tha...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, Microsoft, College, France, Paris, Netherlands, Seoul, Arles, Van Gogh, Vincent, Simon Schama, Facebook Twitter, Vincent Van Gogh, Theo


Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Competing Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles


Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Two Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles


Artist Hand-Cuts an Intricate Octopus From a Single Piece of Paper: Discover the Japanese Art of Kirie

At first glance, the octopus in the video above might appear to be breathing. A second look reveals that it isn't actually breathing, nor is it actually an octopus at all, but seemingly just a highly detailed drawing of one. Only upon the third look, if even then, does it become clear that the octopus has been not drawn but intricately cut, and out of a single large sheet of paper at that. The two-dimensional sea creature represents a recent high point in the work of Japanese artist Masa...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, College, Seoul, Osaka, Facebook Twitter, Waldman, Fukuda, Colin Marshall, Spoon Tamago, 21st Century Los Angeles, Kirie, Johnny Waldman, Masayo Fukuda, TANT


The Moonlight Sonata But the Bass Is a Bar Late, and the Melody Is a Bar Early

From composer and electronic musician Isaac Schankler comes an experimental take on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. As the title says, the bass is a bar late and the melody is a bar early. Sheet music for the experiment can be found here. And some of Schankler's more serious compositions here. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox.  If y...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Japan, College, Beethoven, Random, Facebook Twitter, Isaac Schankler, Schankler


Studying in Berlin: 4 International Students Share Their Experience

Deciding to move away from your home country to study abroad can probably be one of the most difficult decisions in your life. Choosing the right city is not about spinning the globe with eyes closed and dropping a finger on a random destination. Unfortunately, the choice is way more complicated, and even if it is not easy to realize it at the very start, it can be literally life-changing. Sending applications to university in other countries means to gradually plan your future and to figure out...
Tags: Fashion, Japan, Greece, Education, Study, Berlin, US, People, University, Italy, Stories, Student, Istanbul, Alice, Expat, Michael


See Classic Japanese Woodblocks Brought Surreally to Life as Animated GIFs

Much of the image we have of life in Japan in the 17th through the 19th century, we have because of woodblock prints, or specifically ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world," which vividly capture a great variety of scenes and the people who inhabited them. The once-closed-off Japan has changed a great deal since that era, on most levels even more so than other countries, and the artistic portrayals of Japanese life have also multiplied enormously. Yet even in the 21st century, ukiyo-e con...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, London, College, Animation, Seoul, Osaka, Marty Mcfly, Facebook Twitter, Yoshida, Kanazawa, Doc Brown, Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige


How the Astonishing Sushi Scene in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Was Animated: A Time-Lapse of the Month-Long Shoot

Since the moviegoing public first started hearing it twenty years ago, Wes Anderson's name has been a byword for cinematic meticulousness. The association has only grown stronger with each film he's made, as the live-action ones have featured increasingly complex ships, trains, and grand hotels — to say nothing of the costumes worn and accoutrements possessed by the characters who inhabit them — and the stop-motion animated ones have demanded a superhuman attention to detail by their ver...
Tags: Google, Japan, Film, College, Fox, Food & Drink, Animation, Wes Anderson, Akira Kurosawa, Grand Budapest Hotel, Seoul, Anderson, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson Yasujiro Ozu


Two more Japanese medical schools admit discriminating against women

Sexism row deepens as one university claims women ‘mature faster’ and male applicants need extra helpA sexism row engulfing Japan’s medical schools has deepened after two more universities admitted discriminating against female applicants, months after it was revealed that Tokyo Medical University had manipulated exam scores to favour male candidates.Juntendo University and Kitasato University, both in Tokyo, said this week that they had set a lower pass mark for men than for women in order to s...
Tags: Japan, Education, Women, World news, Asia Pacific, Higher Education, Tokyo, Juntendo University, Kitasato University, Tokyo Medical University


The Strange History of Smooth Jazz: The Music We All Know and Love … to Hate

It’s the most unloved and derided of music genres, but the history of Smooth Jazz is not as bad as you might think. In another chapter of Vox’s excellent Earworm series (see Chapter 1 here and Chapter 2 here), Estelle Caswell explores the rise and fall of this modern day elevator music and asks if it’s worth reconsidering. The undisputed star of smooth jazz has to be the “Songbird” himself, the frizzy-hair be-coifed Kenny G. (The only part of the video I took issue with is when one fan i...
Tags: Google, Music, Japan, College, Los Angeles, Broadway, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Vox, Kenny G, Montgomery, Clinton, Benson, Wes Montgomery, Coltrane, Facebook Twitter


Want to Learn How to Sew? These Are the Best Youtube Sewing Channels to Teach You

They're 'sew' good! With New Year's coming up, there's no better time to start a new hobby. Why not try sewing? As you may know, I learned how to sew from Youtube, and there's no reason you couldn't do the same. But where should you start?Although there's a wealth of information out there, I've handpicked these five channels because to me, they stood out over the rest with their creativity, easy-to-follow teaching, focus of staying green, or overall style.Here are my top 5 best sewing channels ...
Tags: Topshop, Japan, Diy, Youtube, College, Sewing, College Life, Wendy Wendy, Angela Clayton Angela Clayton, Annika Victoria Annika


Blade Runner Getting Adapted into a New Anime Series, Produced by Cowboy Bebop Animator Shinichiro Watanabe

You may remember, in the run-up to the theatrical release of Blade Runner 2049 last October, that three short prequels appeared on the internet. Black Out 2022 (above), the most discussed installment of that miniature trilogy, stood out both aesthetically and culturally: directed by famed Japanese animator Shinichiro Watanabe, it expanded the reality of Blade Runner through a form that has drawn so much from that universe over the previous 35 years. "I just want an animated bladerunner s...
Tags: Google, Japan, Television, Film, College, Animation, Sci Fi, Ryan Gosling, Ridley Scott, Seoul, Lapd, Jared Leto, Facebook Twitter, Rick Deckard, Deckard, Edward James Olmos


Even Japanese Students Now Sexless: 30% Never Dated, 50% Virgins

A recent survey shows that the number of Japanese university students with no dating experience is at its highest level in history, with over half being virgins and 30% never having so much as been on a date. According to the latest nationwide survey by the Japanese Association for Sex Education, nearly 30% of students […]
Tags: Japan, Romance, Education, Sex, Virginity, Dating, University, Statistics, Anime, Japanese Association for Sex Education


Japanese Artist Creates Bookshelf Dioramas That Magically Transport You Into Tokyo’s Back Alleys

Should you find yourself in a Japanese city, spend time not on the Starbucks- and McDonald's-lined boulevards but on the back streets that wind in all directions behind them. Or better yet, head into the back alleys branching off those streets, those half-hidden spaces that offer the most evocative glimpses of life in urban Japan by far. Only there can you find passage into the wonderfully idiosyncratic businesses tucked into the corners of the city, from bars and restaurants to coffee shops an...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Japan, College, West, Tokyo, Starbucks, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Buzzfeed Japan, Monde, McDonald, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles


The Psychedelic 1970s Animations of Keiichi Tanaami: A Music Video for John Lennon’s “Oh Yoko!,” Surreal Tributes to Elvis & Marilyn Monroe, and More

If you want to see the West as you've never seen it before, go to Japan. Since the end of the Second World War, there have been few big Western phenomena in which Japanese creators have not taken an interest, then turned around and made their own. One of the most powerful imaginations among those creators belongs to Keiichi Tanaami, who came of age surrounded by the likes of Mickey Mouse and Elvis after doing much of his growing up amid the chaos and devastation of war. Born in 1936 and ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, Usa, New York, College, New York City, John Lennon, America, Animation, Marilyn Monroe, Playboy, Stephen Hawking, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley


Watch “The Midnight Parasites,” a Surreal Japanese Animation Set in the World of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights (1972)

Hieronymus Bosch’s bizarre paintings might have looked perfectly ordinary to his contemporaries, argues Stanley Meisler in “The World of Bosch.” Modern viewers may find this very hard to believe. We approach Bosch through layers of Freudian interpretation and Surrealist appreciation. We cannot help “regarding the scores of bizarre monsters”—allegories for sins and punishments far more legible in 15th-century Netherlands—“as a kind of dark and cruel comic relief.” While Bosch might have i...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, Film, College, Animation, Netherlands, Bosch, Facebook Twitter, Chris Robinson, Josh Jones, Gallagher, Kuri, Hieronymus Bosch, Paul Gallagher, Durham NC Follow


Hundreds of Wonderful Japanese Firework Designs from the Early-1900s: Digitized and Free to Download

The Japanese term for fireworks, hanabi ( ?? ), combines the words for fire, bi ( ? ), and flower, hana ( ? ). If you've seen fireworks anywhere, that derivation may seem at least vaguely apt, but if you've seen Japanese fireworks, it may well strike you as evocative indeed. The traditional Japanese way with presenting flowers, their shapes and colors as well as their scents, has something in common with the traditional Japanese way of putting on a fireworks show. Not that the production of fi...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Books, Japan, Design, London, College, China, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Yokohama, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Yokohama Board of Education, Hirayama Fireworks, Yokoi Fireworks


The Disgusting Food Museum Curates 80 of the World’s Most Repulsive Dishes: Maggot-Infested Cheese, Putrid Shark & More

Often we get to know each other by talking which foods we like. Perhaps even more often, we get to know each other by talking about which foods we hate. Entertaining disagreements tend to arise from such discussions, usually around traditionally divisive comestibles like anchovies, cilantro, brussel sprouts, or the Japanese dish of fermented soybeans known as natto. But however many of us prefer to avoid them, these foods all look more or less conventional compared to the dishes curated ...
Tags: Google, Asia, Japan, Washington Post, College, Mexico, Food & Drink, Museums, New York Times, Smithsonian, Associated Press, Salvador Dalí, Iceland, Seoul, Sardinia, Anthony Bourdain


Tokyo medical school offers places to women after sexism scandal

Japanese university announces it will accept women unfairly rejected in favour of male candidatesA Japanese medical school at the centre of a sexism row has offered places to dozens of women who were unfairly rejected in favour of male candidates.Tokyo Medical University said this week that it would accept women whose exam scores were deliberately marked down to restrict the number of female students. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Education, Women, World news, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Tokyo Medical University


The Top 100 Foreign-Language Films of All-Time, According to 209 Critics from 43 Countries

What qualifies as a “foreign-language film” is in the ear of the beholder, even if the global dominance of Hollywood effectively makes the category refer to any film in a language other than English. The sheer cultural and linguistic diversity in world cinema can seem to render the term too all-encompassing to be of much critical use. From the point of view of cinema’s purest, earliest aspirations—to be an international visual language that transcends linguistic barriers—emphasizing spok...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Japan, England, Hollywood, Film, College, France, Germany, Bbc, Tokyo, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, John Carpenter, East Asia, Kurosawa


Tokyo Medical University Sued For Lowering Women’s Exam Scores

A prestigious Japanese medical school is being sued after admitting to lowering the entrance exam scores of female applicants 24 women who had applied to Tokyo Medical University over the course of the last decade have sued the educational institution, after it was alleged this summer that the entrance exam scores of female applicants had […]
Tags: Japan, Education, Law, Medical, University, Feminism, Tokyo, Anime, Litigation, Tokyo Medical University


Wagashi: Peruse a Digitized, Centuries-Old Catalogue of Traditional Japanese Candies

If you've been to Japan, or even to any of the Japanese neighborhoods in cities around the world, you've seen wagashi (和菓子). You've probably, at least for a moment, marveled at their appearance as well: though essentially nothing more than sweet treats, they're made with such striking variety and refinement that you might hesitate to bite into them. First created in the 16th century, when trade with China made sugar into a staple in Japan, wagashi have developed into one of the country's signa...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Instagram, College, China, Food & Drink, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Andrea James, Bamboo Tea Whisks Hina Dolls Steel Balls More, Rilakkuma, 21st Century Los Angeles, Facebook Wagashi


Akira Kurosawa’s 100 Favorite Movies

In movies like Seven Samurai and High and Low, director Akira Kurosawa took the cinematic language of Hollywood and improved on it, creating a vigorous, muscular method of visual storytelling that became a stylistic playbook for the likes of Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. In movies like Ikiru, The Bad Sleep Well and The Lower Depths, Kurosawa relentlessly struggled to find the rays of light among the shadows of the human soul. This philosophical urgency combined...
Tags: Google, Japan, Usa, Hollywood, Greece, Yahoo, Film, College, France, Germany, Los Angeles, Spain, Iran, Earth, Taiwan, Austria


October 2018 Media Recommendations

October has flown by, and part of what has occupied my time is a lot of media consumption, so I have some recommendations if you want to do some learning about sex. Reading I just started reading  Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human because I figured I might as well take advantage of the Scribd membership that I pay for. I, and I suspect many of my readers, know why the penis is shaped why it is (or, at the very least, the current scientific theory). But the...
Tags: Books, Japan, Podcasts, Anatomy, College, Cnn, Netflix, Sex Education, Radiolab, Christiane Amanpour, Kaitlin, Kaitlin Prest, Media Recommendations


Haruki Murakami Became a DJ on a Japanese Radio Station for One Night: Hear the Music He Played for Delighted Listeners

In his native Japan, Haruki Murakami has published not just fiction but all sorts of essays dealing with a variety of subjects, from travel to music to writing itself. One collection of these pieces came out under the title Murakami Radio, a possible inspiration for a broadcast of the same name this past summer on Tokyo FM. For its 55-minute duration, Murakami took the DJ's seat and spun records (or rather, files from several of his music-filled iPods) from his famously vast personal lib...
Tags: Google, Music, Japan, College, Radio, Daryl Hall, John Oates, David Bowie, Literature, Tokyo, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, BBC Radio, Joey Ramone, Murakami


The 10 Commandments of Chindōgu, the Japanese Art of Creating Unusually Useless Inventions

Back in the 1990s I'd often run across volumes of the Unuseless Japanese Inventions series at bookstores. Each one features about a hundred ostensibly real Japanese devices, photographed and described with a disarming straightforwardness, that mash up other consumer products in outwardly bizarre ways: chopsticks whose attached miniature electric fan cools ramen noodles en route to the mouth; a plastic zebra crossing to unroll and lay across a street at the walker's convenience; an invert...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, Comedy, Technology, College, West, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Japan Times, Kawakami, Colin Marshall, Kenji Kawakami, Chindōgu, New Coke, Tofugu


The Emperor of Japan, Akihito, Is Still Publishing Scientific Papers in His 80s

State Department photo by William Ng, via Wikimedia Commons On April 30, 2019, Emperor Akihito of Japan will abdicate, and pass the throne to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. What will he do in his retirement? Probably the same thing he has done most of his life: make “taxonomic studies of gobies,” as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan reports, “small fish found in fresh, brackish and marine waters.” Akihito has been a member of Japan’s Ichthyological Society of Japan for decades and “publ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Science, College, Thailand, State Department, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Akihito, Wikimedia Commons, Naruhito, Durham NC Follow, St John 's College Oxford, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumihito, William Ng


How Joan Jett Started the Runaways at 15 and Faced Down Every Barrier for Women in Rock and Roll

These are dark days for everyone who cares about equality. After decades of painful progress and some hard-won victories for women in the U.S., the guardians of patriarchy seem hellbent on undoing modernity and setting the clock back decades to keep power. The misogynistic spectacle is nauseating. One remedy, Rebecca Traister recommends in her new book of the same name, is to get “good and mad.” The voices of women resisting the current wave of political attacks can guide righteous outra...
Tags: Google, Gender, Music, Japan, Wtf, New York, College, Refinery, Smith, Chrissie Hynde, Curry, Facebook Twitter, Joan Jett, Rebecca Traister, Tom Petty, Jett


How Youtube’s Algorithm Turned an Obscure 1980s Japanese Song Into an Enormously Popular Hit: Discover Mariya Takeuchi’s “Plastic Love”

Spend time listening to 1980s hits, Japanese pop, or disco classics on Youtube, and you'll almost certainly encounter Mariya Takeuchi's addictive song "Plastic Love." Though first released in 1985 in Japan, it remained almost entirely unknown in the rest of the world until a few years ago, when it all of a sudden attained an enormous popularity. Now, having racked up more than 20 million views, the song has quite a few people — even many of those who have put it into heavy rotation on th...
Tags: Google, Asia, Music, Japan, College, West, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Takeuchi, Rita Hayworth, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Hollywood Icon Dances Disco, Tatsuro Yamashita, Mariya Takeuchi, Stevem



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