• NOTEBOOK:Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

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  • Welcome to NOTEBOOK, a cultural guide to art, design and architecture, along with local views and travel news in English giving a realistic view of Tokyo from two perspectives, one from Japan and the other from abroad. Get in touch: https://forms.gle/QL2V8eDgtskXefKo7 Instagram: @NOTEBOOK_pod Photo: Getty Images
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  • Oct 4 2022
    Swedish researcher Svante Pääbo, based at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan since 2020, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for trying to extract DNA from 40,000-year-old bones, and unveiling the Neanderthal genome. Meanwhile, the National Film Archive of Japan in Tokyo will showcase films made by Kazuhiko Hasegawa and Directors Company, a little known of film production office that ran from 1982 to 1992 and produced Hasegawa's social satire The Man Who Stole the Sun (Taiyō o Nusunda Otoko) from 1979, starring the notorious Bunta Sagiwara as a police officer tracking down a terrorist and High School teacher — played by musician Kenji Sawada — building an atomic bomb to demand the Rolling Stones play Japan.
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    5 mins
  • Oct 3 2022
    Kanji "Antonio" Inoki passed away last Saturday after being diagnosed with a heart decease several year ago. He came to be known for the unusual mixed martial arts contest with Muhammed Ali at the Nippon Budokan Hall in 1978, and later turned to politics, leveraging his influence in places such as Iraq and North Korea to negotiate the release of Japanese hostages and abductees. Yu Miri's own story is as a Zainichi writer of Korean and Japanese descent. Her latest book Tokyo Ueno Station won the fifth Berkeley Japan Prize last week at an award ceremony in California, and it tells the story of a worker from Fukushima looking for work in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and their later life as the 2020 Olympics Games are announced. Miri's champions the forgotten and disregarded in society, a tale that now resonates around the world.
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    6 mins
  • Sep 30 2022
    China and Japan celebrated 50 years of diplomatic ties despite the recent strain over the Senkaku islands in the South China Sea and the issue of Taiwan. Meanwhile, Art Week Tokyo returns for its first full iteration following its soft launch last summer. The string of 50 of Tokyo's museums, galleries and art spaces are linked across 6 different routes throughout the city and the art week hopes to generate interest by introducing local artists to a more global audience and nurture the local scene by encouraging the conversation of art’s worth beyond its monetary value.
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    5 mins

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