Tokyo!

Does anyone remember Japan? The tri-part Tokyo! revisits the Land of the Lost Decade—or at least its largest city—courtesy of tourist filmmakers Michel Gondry…

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Who Sees Short Shorts?

Those who have never attended the annual festival of Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts should be advised: Don’t expect all 10 entries to be…

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Corteo’s Clown Comes Home

Last year, Jeff Raz took a year-long sabbatical from the Clown Conservatory, which he founded, to play the central role in Cirque du Soleil's…

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Hitting It

The first few days of the year are go time for the folks at Kagami Kai: This small local organization is dedicated to making…

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Chinese Novelty

A different regional cuisine is the draw at these two Richmond locations.

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Blood Money

’Tis the month of All Hallows Eve, when things go bump in the night. The chills and thrills started a bit early this year,…

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The Floating Needle

It may be the “tramp stamp” in America, but in Japan the tattoo remains an underground art, long associated with the yakuza, or organized…

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Howling at the Rune

Late at night, we’ve all been there: You’re serving up sushi on the waxed chest of a young hottie when three wolves suddenly decide…

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Don't Open It! Don't Open It!

Katsudo benshi were a class of artists in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s who live-narrated silent movies. They were celebrities, with their own…

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Fire, Water, Firewater

Fireworks may have originally been used to scare away evil spirits in China, but today Americans often see the pretty explosions in the sky…

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