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VICE Long Reads

I Went to the Karaoke World Championships as Soon as I Found Out It Was a Thing

The only time you’ll find people from around the globe coming together to wave flags at someone thrusting to "Pretty Fly for a White Guy."
Hannah Ewens
11.27.17
Music

The Defiant Sound of Asian American Women in Indie Rock

Artists like Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast, and Mitski are at the forefront of indie rock, creating space for Asian American women.
Erica Euse
6.29.17
Art

Takashi Murakami Has a Massive Retrospective Show in Chicago

The prolific Japanese artist’s new traveling exhibition showcases fifty plus artworks that span more than 30 years.
Nathaniel Ainley
6.14.17
auction

Basquiat Painting Sells for Record-Breaking $110 Million

Tokyo e-retailer Yusaku Maezawa won the piece after just ten minutes of bidding.
Nathaniel Ainley
5.19.17
Art

This Illustrator Is Making a Sci-Fi Drawing Every Single Day for a Year

Join Daniel Isles, a.k.a., DirtyRobot, talks about his 365-day drawing journey.
Nathaniel Ainley
5.9.17
sculpture

Artist Weaves Intricate Bonsai Trees with Copper and Aluminum Wire

English artist and craftsman Andy Elliott is reimagining the ancient botanical art form.
Nathaniel Ainley
5.3.17
subcultures

What It’s Like to Find Belonging in the Lolita Community

A “bro-lita” and a genderfluid lolita on what the Japanese fashion subculture means to them.
Allison Tierney
4.2.17
LGBTQ

What 90s Anime 'Ranma 1/2' Taught Me About Gender Fluidity

The show, which was full of nudity and gender swapping, helped form my young queer identity and would probably be protested off the air today.
Aurora Tejeida
3.9.17
painting

Anime-Style Paintings Conjure the Horrors of a Post-Nuclear Future

Hikari Shimoda imbues Japanese Pop with a deep existential anxiety to reveal her true feelings about society.
Masha (Maria) Koblyakova
3.4.17
Film

Remembering the J-Horror Craze of the Early 2000s

The new Ring film wants to bring back the very specific type of Japanese horror movie that once captivated America.
Zac Thompson
2.3.17
Art

Ancient Dragons and Pop Art Play on These Colorful Canvases

Japanese-American artist Tomokazu Matsuyama explores his hybrid identity in his new exhibition, ‘Oh Magic Night.’
Nathaniel Ainley
2.2.17
Design

Coming Soon: A Spa-Themed Amusement Park in Japan

Beppu boasts the most batheable hot spring water in the world and soon it will power roller coasters.
Dan Gentile
1.30.17
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