Eighteen-year-old Izumi Miyazaki cites a number of surrealists as her inspiration in her thoughtful, wry, and precise work on identity stereotypes, setting cultural clichés alongside grotesque or awkward elements.
New Japan Pro Wrestling has been Japan's leading pro wrestling company for over 40 years, but its overseas reach has been limited until recently. Now, the promotion is selling out massive shows in NYC and elevating the art to a new level of intensity.
Chiune Sugihara, sometimes called the "Japanese Schindler," was a diplomat living in Europe during WWII who defied his own government and issued thousands of transit visas to Jews facing execution. The overlooked hero is the focus of a new biopic.
78-year-old Masafumi Nagasaki is the sole resident of a tropical island located at the southern tip of Okinawa, Japan. We decided to go and find out exactly what kind of lifestyle he's leading, and why he chooses not to wear clothes.
I traveled to Nou to visit a sumo training academy. I arrived on the first day of the school year and was introduced to the students, some of whom were as young as 12, who had moved out of their family homes to be there.
Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection, scientists think we can clone woolly mammoths, engineers and a pretentious British musician created a robotic rock band, and more bad news from across the world.
At the beginning of the millennium, I was a waiter at the ultimate pan-Asian restaurant in Times Square. I got to see a shitload of amazing things, but nothing compared to the night that "Hulkamania" took over the restaurant dining room.
NYC's first Japanese cosplay cafe—where women dress up like maids and call male patrons master—has been met with inappropriate behavior from American customers. We spoke with one of the maids who believes that the cafe is simply dealing with a cultural ad…
"Sewing for the Heart" is from Yoko Ogawa's new collection, 'Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales,' and it's as perversely tantalizing as anything she's written. In the story, a cabaret singer with a heart that developed outside her body hires a reclusive bag maker…
This series revolves around an artist named Mutsuo who tattoos at the world-famous Three Tides Tattoo in Osaka, Japan. Mutsuo went from being one of the shop's first customers to its first apprentice, and now he is considered its most senior tattoo artist…
'Tattoo Age' is back. We traveled to London and Osaka and even all the way to stinky Manhattan to interview three talented tattooers, including old master Thom deVita, who was working in New York City back when tattooing was illegal in all five boroughs.