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HodoBuzz: New York-based Japanese Filmmakers Tackle Japan’s Sexism and Press Freedom With Crowdfunding

A new show “HodoBuzz” made by Japanese filmmakers based in New York City aims to confront Japan's dwindling press freedom, sexism and media malfeasance. Help fund some original programming that…

CICADA by Yu Shibuya Limited Screening with English Subs

Cicadas live underground until their final stage of adulthood. When they surface, they attach themselves to a tree bark, shed their skin and fly away, leaving behind their exoskeleton still…

Born With It (生まれつき): Short film captures the angst of being a black child in Japan

An American filmmaker, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, from Texas, depicts this struggle to be accepted as a dark skinned black man in Japan in his award winning short film Born With It(生まれつき).…

“Letters to the Most Repulsive Parents in Japan”

Amidst the political turmoil and economic recession Japan has found itself in the recent years, how poor parenting takes a toll on the lives of the most vulnerable is often the last…

Catch the Earliest Cherry Blossoms in “Flowers by Naked”

Who knew a digital Hanami (Cherry Blossom viewing) could be such a mystical experience? “Flowers by Naked” is a magical digital art show put on by the creative team Naked that celebrates the arrival…

ZEPPIN(絶品) #3/WACHOSHOKU(和朝食) Japanese Breakfast Rules!

We were served a delicious meal (和朝食) of hot rice, cold broiled salmon, assorted pickles, sweet egg, dried seaweed and hot miso soup. I thought it was delicious. JSRC editor,…

The Great White Woman Is Here to Save Japanese Men

Hey, Asian guys! You’re hot! Don’t you feel better now. As a reward here is an unasked for smooch from a white woman—for free. She’s even blonde! Feel better now?…