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Cool Sites : Takarazuka Review

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, August 31, 2004 Posted: 01:49 PM JST

&urlThe Takarazuka Review is spectacular theater at its best. We have found some interesting sites that introduce this amazing form of performing art:

Takarazuka Revue Spectacular
Fan site with images of printed material of the Takarazuka Revue: books, magazines, programs, etc. Especially recommended if you have never seen visuals of the Review. (ENG)

The Rose of Versailles
Reviews the various forms of the series: manga, anime, theater, live-action film, etc. Features information and images of performances by the Takarazuka Revue. (ENG)

Takarazuka Revue
Takarazuka Revue fan site. Features history, show list, attendance etiquette and more. (ENG JPN)

Takarazuka Revue
Stephanie M. Taylor's site is packed with Takarazuka Revue information. Includes theater directions, show synopses and translations in English. (ENG)

Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan
Critical review by Leonie Rae Stickland about the book Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan written by Jennifer Robertson. (ENG)

Takarazuka Kageki
The official site of the Takarazuka Review in Takarazuka, Hyogo, nearby Osaka. (ENG JPN)

Keywords: cool_sites entertainment musical androgyny androgynous crossdressing

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Japan's Rightists Doomed to Failure?

Kjeld Duits, Monday, August 30, 2004 Posted: 03:02 PM JST

China's official news agency Xinhuanet continues to beat the drum on the Japanese text book issue in an editorial published today. The article's conclusion is that the "reattempt of Japan's rightists to gloss over the history of aggressive wars" is "doomed to failure". According to the editor this is thanks to "profound concerns and strong protests from the public in Japan and the countries that fell victim to the wars." But there is one more important thing to consider.

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China Criticizes Tokyo Education Authorities

Kjeld Duits, Friday, August 27, 2004 Posted: 11:42 AM JST

China Thursday criticized education authorities in Tokyo for their decision to allow the use of school textbooks whitewashing Japan's history of aggression and invasion, China Daily reports today.

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Tokyo's School Board Adopts Text Omitting Japan Atrocities

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, August 26, 2004 Posted: 10:57 PM JST

Associated Press reports today that educators have approved a history textbook under attack by critics for omitting Japanese wartime atrocities. It will be used by 160 students in a public secondary school in the capital, opening in April 2005. It is the first ordinary public school in Tokyo to use the textbook says Tokyo city spokesman Yasuhiko Kiriyama in the article.

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Selling Fruits to the World

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, August 25, 2004 Posted: 11:06 PM JST

Photos of Japan by Kjeld Duits Thanks to his book FRUITS (more than 100,000 copies sold worldwide), Shoichi Aoki's street magazine Fruits is now better known abroad than in Japan self. The magazine with an almost cult-like following in Japan has been documenting Tokyo street fashion since 1996. I had an exclusive interview with Aoki.

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An Island of Ghosts

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, August 24, 2004 Posted: 03:02 PM JST

Photos of Japan by Kjeld DuitsOff the coast of the Japanese city of Nagasaki lies a terrifying symbol of shortsighted development. Out of the dark blue East China Sea rises a dead island covered with dilapidated concrete buildings. Forms of life are absent. No people, no animals. However, in the not so distant past more than five thousand inhabitants lived here. The voices of children echoed from the houses, laughter sounded in the streets. Now only dead concrete is left. This is the island Hashima, once the most densely populated place in the world.

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On the Wings of Gods

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, August 24, 2004 Posted: 01:35 PM JST

Photos of Japan by Kjeld Duits I cried for three days when the war ended," says 80-year old Shigeyoshi Hamazono with tears in his eyes as he stares deep into the past. "For all the people who lost their lives, for our loss, and for my country." Hamazono had expected to be among the dead. He was a kamikaze pilot.

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Japan's New Export

Kjeld Duits, Monday, August 23, 2004 Posted: 07:08 PM JST

Photos of Japan by Kjeld DuitsTo call manga 'Japanese comics' is like calling a painting by Michelangelo a picture. Both are true statements and both are utterly insufficient and degrading. Unlike Western comics, Japanese manga have a history that stretch back many hundreds of years. In ancient scrolls you can discover ink drawings that look disturbingly modern. This has greatly helped to make manga generally accepted as an art form in Japan, whereas in the West comics are even today often seen as books for kids.

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Reprints & Permissions

Kjeld Duits, Monday, August 23, 2004 Posted: 07:00 PM JST

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Books by Kjeld Duits

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, August 22, 2004 Posted: 08:32 PM JST

All books written by Kjeld Duits. I am afraid that all of them are in Dutch or Japanese at the moment...

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[Dutch] 'Walvissen zijn lief' -- Japan stapt de toekomst in

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, August 22, 2004 Posted: 01:48 AM JST

In zijn tweede boek over Japan beschrijft Kjeld Duits een Japan dat na meer dan tien jaar een recessie uitstapt en de toekomst in de ogen staart. Die zit weliswaar vol problemen, maar ook vol met mogelijkheden. Zo zijn Japanners doorgaans dol op robotten. En maar goed ook, want Japan wil binnen enkele tientallen jaren de wereldleider worden in robotten. Maar waar komt die liefde vandaan en wat zegt het over ons westerlingen?

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[Dutch] 'Vrouw breekt los' -- Japan zoals het is

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, August 21, 2004 Posted: 02:09 AM JST

Vrouw breekt los vertelt over het Japan dat niet op de televisie verschijnt of in de kranten. Het lot van de tienduizenden daklozen, kinderen die gepest worden op school, vrouwenmishandeling. Maar ook de mooie en inspirerende kanten van Japan. Zoals de opwindende religieuze festivals, jonge onafhankelijke vrouwen die doen wat ze willen en een genezend heetwaterbad verborgen in een rots in Nagano. Meer dan dat, Kjeld Duits vertelt door middel van deze verhalen waarom de Japanners doen wat ze doen. Gezien zoals een Japanner dat ziet; niet door een gekleurde westerse zonnebril.

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About Us

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, August 21, 2004 Posted: 11:26 PM JST

Japan is notoriously difficult to fathom for people unfamiliar with its customs. We help you to bridge these gaps in perception. We offer you articles, photographs and personalized assignments by a long term journalist and photographer in Japan.

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Contact

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, August 21, 2004 Posted: 07:05 PM JST

We are located in Ashiya, between Osaka and Kobe in Western Japan.

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Some of Our Clients

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, August 21, 2004 Posted: 06:40 PM JST

A small selection of our clients...

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