The Portrait of an Island: BULL SUMO
Among the Amami Islands of Kagoshima Prefecture is an island that’s expected to become a world heritage site. This island has a long history of bullfighting. Unlike the bullfights of Europe, here on Tokunoshima bovine and human team together to take on their opponents.
The handlers spend every moment they can with the bulls, developing a close relationship. The title matches, held a few times a year, fill the island with an air of excitement. This is the story of Mamoru Higashida championship title holder for the mini-lightweight class.
Pinku Eiga, the World of Erotic and Engaged Japanese Cinema
Pinku eiga (pink films), is a film genre that combines eroticism and violence and implicitly dissects the idiosyncrasies of Japanese society.
tofubeats: from Netlabels to Warner, the Portrait of an Online Prodigy
From his childhood bedroom where he composed his first dance pop tracks to big nights out in Tokyo, tofubeats' talent has spread far and wide.
The Virtues of the Tea Ceremony in the Digital Age
Long considered as rigid and elitist due to its many rules, the Japanese tea ceremony has recently come back into fashion.
The Book ‘Tokyo Vice’ Comes to the Small Screen
After yakuza, hostess bars and trafficking of all kinds created intrigue in a successful novel, it wasn't long before the small screen snapped it up.
Hiroshi Nagai's Sun-Drenched Pop Paintings Pay Homage to California
Hiroshi Nagai, Japan's answer to David Hockney, has the gift of transporting viewers to the west coast of America as it was in the 1950s.