June 17, 1990 |
To compile this charming "collective biography" of his home town, Junichi Saga spent 15 years interviewing the oldest citizens of Tsuchiura, a small city on Lake Kasumigaura, 40 miles northeast of Tokyo. While many of the men and women regret the loss of traditional attitudes and values, their recollections make it clear that the Americanization of postwar Japan represents only one aspect of the country's transformation.
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March 3, 1997
Regarding the Feb. 16 article about cram schools for Japanese preschoolers: Sure, the Japanese culture can be viewed as being a trifle extreme, especially to our Western mind-set. On the one hand, they have a culture that takes education and manners very seriously--perhaps too much so. On the other hand, we have an American culture where teenagers can't speak even one sentence without using the words "you know" or "like" at least five times. I've seen our future politicians, lawyers and business leaders and frankly, I'm worried.
June 14, 2007
Japanese gardens were introduced to the American public at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, almost immediately after which they were imitated throughout the country. They were, perhaps, the first item springing from Japanese culture to become widely accepted in the United States.
November 16, 1994 |
Not so long ago, Japan was regarded with a mixture of awe, envy and fear by Americans, and the Japanese model of corporate management became something of a cult in American business circles. We watched with despair as Japanese investors collected some of the icons of American popular and corporate culture, everything from Universal Studios to Rockefeller Center. The buying spree, argues Christopher Wood in "The End of Japan Inc.
April 7, 2004 |
The catalog that accompanies "Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master -- Pioneer of Modern Japanese Design," now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, divides the work of this celebrated painter and decorative artist into four principal chapters: "Pleasures of the Four Seasons," "Pleasures of Nature," "Pleasures of Life" and "Pleasures of Collaboration." The implication is clear and resounds throughout the exhibition itself: This is art that celebrates.
February 1, 1997 |
The music of Kodo, the Japanese drum ensemble that opened a three-night stand Thursday at the Wiltern Theatre, is deeply rooted in traditional Japanese culture, but the group was also an international pioneer of all-percussion touring groups. The lasting impression of the impressive 90-minute performance was how much Kodo now seems like the Japanese representative of a world full of related rhythms.
April 24, 2014 |
Avril Lavigne has answered critics who've labeled her new "Hello Kitty" video as racist. It appears Ms. Lavigne begs to disagree. "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…," she tweeted Wednesday, "…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan. The tune, co-written with hubby Chad Kroger of Nickelback, is heavy on references to Japan's " kawaii " culture, which encompasses all things cute.
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December 10, 1992
As a representative of many trail users--hikers, equestrians, bird-watchers, dog-walkers, nature-lovers--I attended the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting concerning the Soka property. It seems to most of us that Soka University chose an improper location for its expansion. The Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority has always wanted the location to be the center of its operations when the area becomes a national park. The Times used the word "seize" in an inflammatory manner--as though Soka will be ousted without remuneration.
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February 1, 1990 |
In 1975, Grace Brophy did a favor for friends and gave a San Diego elementary school class a quick lesson in Japanese culture. That favor has since turned into an annual countywide event. Brophy is a member of the San Diego chapter of Ikebana International, a nonprofit cultural organization based in Tokyo that promotes the study of Japanese floral art. Its motto is "Friendship Through Flowers."