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Japanese manga now a film

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"BLACK Butler” stars Hiro Mizushima and Ayame Goriki

For the first time, the popular manga series “Black Butler” has been turned into a live-action film starring Hiro Mizushima and Ayame Goriki.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Ninja’ bus tour set to kick off in Tokyo

This picture taken on July 16, 2014 shows a member of a pantomime group Gabez in clad of ninja performing in a sightseeing bus in Tokyo during a press preview for the new bus tour to enjoy ninja acts on the street and the ancient shrine. Japan's travel agency JTB will start the new entertainment bus tour with ninja performances in Tokyo from next month. AFP

Japan’s biggest travel agency is launching a bus tour with some decidedly homegrown touches — a flying ninja and sword-carrying samurai.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Hello Kitty designer defends cute character as cat turns 40

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The flamboyant designer of Japanese cartoon and global mega-brand Hello Kitty defended the cute cat against new rivals Thursday as the character prepares to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Eiga Sai to screen film on 2011 quake-tsunami

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“REUNION”

It doesn’t seem like anything remotely close to a reunion would transpire as bodies of the dead pile up in “Reunion” (“Itai Asu e no Tokakan”), last year’s Japanese film release which tackles events based on the aftermath of the Great East Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. It is one of the 16 contemporary films in this year’s Eiga Sai, with theme focusing on family.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Chasing robots–and Hachiko–in Tokyo

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THE HACHIKOmural outside the Shibuya station, a few feet from the iconic statue; below, a 1950s street, recreated in Yokohama’s RamenMuseum. PHOTOS BY ALYA B. HONASAN

Some people may have different associations when they think of Japan, but I had two things in mind upon receiving the invitation of the Japan National Tourism Organization (www.jnto.go.jp/philippines) and the Japan Tourism Agency (www.visitjapan.jp) to a familiarization tour of Tokyo last June: Hachiko and sushi. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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