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A Holiday List of the Best Art Around Town

Edward Goldman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

So my friends, this is the time of year when our guestrooms and couches get crowded with kids, friends, in-laws, you name it... And we are expected to feed and entertain them.

Samurai and Jazz Invasion of LACMA

Edward Goldman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The gallery is flooded with dramatic red light, and the first thing you are confronted with upon entering are Samurai horsemen, charging right at you. Staring at their elaborate suits of armor, including helmets and faceguards, it's difficult not to think about an over-the-top opera production or Hollywood blockbuster movie.

The 7-Letter Word

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.29.2014 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Like all great games, works of genius, love affairs, and near death experiences, there is a defining moment, in Scrabble, that reigns supreme -- one existential, moon howling, Job-in-the-belly-of-the-whale moment that, metaphorically speaking, I imagine was at least partially responsible for Van Gogh cutting off his ear.

If You See Something Evil, Do Something: The Legacy of Chiune Sugihara

Joel Sucher | Posted 11.15.2013 | World
Joel Sucher

Sugihara was one of those unique human beings who couldn't fail but do the right thing because simply to do otherwise was to flirt with dishonor -- and given that his lineage on his mother's side was Samurai, he felt challenged to live up to his warrior ethos.

Samurai Text Deciphered

LiveScience | Owen Jarus | Posted 09.03.2013 | Science

A training text, used by a martial arts school to teach members of the bushi (samurai) class, has been deciphered, revealing the rules samurai were e...

Cherry Blossoms: History Behind the Bloom

Katherine LaGrave | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Katherine LaGrave

It cannot be overstated that in Japan, the sakura is serious business. But why are the blossoms so significant? Here's hoping you get out and enjoy them this spring -- perhaps, even, with a little more history than before.

Amazing Video Shows Samurai Warrior Cutting Pellet Flying 200 Miles Per Hour

Posted 12.28.2012 | Weird News

This truly needs to seen to be believed: A man who calls himself a modern-day samurai warrior has been videotaped slicing a speeding pellet in half wi...

Exploring "The World and All That's in It"

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 09.08.2012 | DC
Zoe P. Strassfield

I won't claim I had no interest in geography before I started reading National Geographic, that's simply not true. But I wasn't aware of all of the things that "geography" could encompass.

PHOTOS: National Geographic Spotlights Samurai In New Exhibition

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 03.02.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Cherry blossom season is coming up fast, and the National Geographic Museum is getting into the spirit of all things Japanese with its n...

Movie review: Outrage

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Takeshi Kitano has always been a rule-breaker so it's no surprise that Outrage, his latest gangster film, should foil expectations. A good part of th...

Leonardo Vecchiarelli: La Grande Transizione, Women Warriors Meet Oriental Empresses

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted 12.28.2011 | Arts
Evelyne Politanoff

2011-10-28-Leonardo.jpg There are 30 pictures of women warriors, dressed and decorated with the keen eye of a samurai preparing for battle, inspired by oriental empresses.

Ben Muessig

Samurai Sword Suspect Has A Face Cops Won't Forget

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Muessig | Posted 11.30.2011 | Crime

Albert Tejeda has a face that's hard to forget -- especially for deputies with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Thanks the suspect's unique facia...

Actor Josh Hartnett Toys With Swordplay in Bunraku and Lives to Discuss It

Brad Balfour | Posted 11.29.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.

David Lohr

Sword-Swinging Samurai Declares Himself 'Cuckoo For Cocoa Puffs'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 11.06.2011 | Crime

Authorities in Indiana say they have arrested a 43-year-old, sword-carrying samurai who described himself as "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs." On Sunday, I...

Shirtless Man With Samurai Sword Arrested On Indiana Highway

Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

A Cicero man is being held in an Indiana jail after authorities found him marching shirtless down Interstate 65 wielding a 35-inch samurai sword Sunda...

Cannes 2011: Director Takashi Miike Speaks About Samurai Ritual Suicide

Karin Badt | Posted 07.22.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Takashi Miike's new film Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai -- in three D -- starts with an intriguing (although unbearably long) ritual scene of hara kiri...

Controversial War Photography

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Felice Beato WHAT: A Photographer on the Eastern Road WHERE: The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, ...

Cultish Cinema Stalks Manhattan for the Next Month

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

This spring is bringing out the weird in a lot of film programmers. Topping the list of strangely eccentric festivals to come is Lincoln Center Film Society's annual Film Comment Selects.

Welcome To The Imaginarium: The Art Of Ray Caesar

Kisa Lala | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Kisa Lala

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