October 14, 1992 |
After two years of haggling, Nintendo Ltd. and Sony Corp. said Tuesday that they have agreed to work together to develop common technology that could dominate the next generation of video games. But the two companies differed sharply on the meaning of the agreement. Nintendo portrayed the accord as a landmark deal that would result in Nintendo and Sony working together to create an international standard for new compact-disc video games.
August 7, 1986 |
The 46th Nisei Week Japanese Festival this Friday through Aug. 17 provides a midsummer break and an opportunity to sample the best of an exotic culture. The festival was started by Nisei, or second generation Americans of Japanese ancestry, to honor their ethnic heritage.
April 8, 1988 |
"Japanese traditional dance is like Japanese tatami mats," observes Ukon Nishikawa, director of Nagoya Odori, the folk dance group that will perform at the Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. " Tatami used to be very popular, but now no one has them in their homes. "Although Odori is one of the most important traditional arts of Japan, I can't say that it's popular today. But maybe traditional culture is always like that," says Nishikawa.
April 30, 2000 |
Modernist architect Raquel Vert laughs when she recalls the 10 years during which she and her husband, Chaim, lived in their 1950s Encino ranch house before deciding to remodel. "I was working around the clock, seven days a week, in Frank Gehry's office and didn't have time for anything," she says, "much like the proverbial shoemaker's child with no shoes." She even resisted making decorative changes. "I wanted to do it right or not do anything at all."
October 13, 1995 |
Before Japan knew the term sexual harassment , Yuko Watanabe put up with her boss's back-room maulings as part of the job. The Tokyo hotel executive would call Watanabe, then a 20-year-old information guide, to the VIP lounge, throw her on the couch, cover her with kisses and laugh as she struggled. Three years later, in 1989, the nation's first sexual harassment case hit the courts, sparking widespread media coverage that finally gave this age-old problem a name: sekuhara.
January 26, 1986 |
Few furniture makers can make you a wooden bed or table that looks as though it was carved in Renaissance Spain. Tomas Braverman can. Even museum curators might need to blink twice before realizing that his work is 20th Century. The swashbuckling furls, curlicues and pinnacles of his carving have a strong appeal to show-business folk. Braverman designed and carved the late Rock Hudson's bed. "He had a very generous attitude to an artist's creativity," Braverman says. "He gave me a lot of leeway.
December 1, 1996 |
Spend 13 days in the merry England of olde on a walking tour April 7 to 19. The walks take guests through 1,000-year-old villages, next to Roman walls, along the seacoast and through the literature region of the Lake District. Participants explore the north of England from the Blue John Caverns of Castleton to the ancient fishing port of Whitby and on to a bird-watching area.
June 21, 1985 |
W ho is this guy? In 52 fights spanning the last 13 years, no opponent's hand has ever been raised above him in victory. Forty-eight of his foes had to be scraped up off the canvas. Larry Holmes? Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Neither. It's David Michael Rivisto, the World Kick Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion, born among the martial arts of Japan and apprentice to one of the world's greatest heavyweight boxers.