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June 2017

A Unique Comedy Culture

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PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
- G7 Taormina Summit
- Japan-Argentina Summit Meeting

COVER STORY
A Unique Comedy Culture

FEATURES

Atsugiri Jason: Character Assassin

American Jason Danielson, better known in Japan as “Atsugiri Jason,” has captured the public imagination with his hilarious high-energy skits ridiculing the complexities of the Japanese language.

Rakugo: Enriching the Imagination

Rakugo storyteller Sanyutei Ryuraku shares the power of his art with audiences around the world.

Concentration and Release

Actor Manzo Nomura explains the subtleties of Japan’s traditional form of comic drama, kyogen.

Clowning Around

Lovable lunatics Gamarjobat have them rolling in the aisles from Georgia to… Peru?

What’s Manzai?

Who better to ask than manzai-shi Stephen Tetsu!

The Oldest Jokes in the Book

Kagura, Japan’s oldest performance art, still has the power to make them laugh.

Art that Wears a Smile on Its Face

The origin of emojis and emoticons, tools we cannot live without when using SNS, may have their roots in early Japanese art.

From Osaka to the World

Japan’s best-known comedy production line now extends to audiences overseas.

SERIES

TOPICS
Keeping the Peace in South Sudan

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
HIGH CO-GENERATION EFFICIENCY, ULTRA-COMPACT DESIGN

Offering high power-generation efficiency in a reduced size, ENE-FARM systems are rapidly taking root in Japan.

SMEs OVERSEAS
Concrete Improvements

A Hokkaido-based construction firm with an innovative concrete-testing product is expanding its operations overseas.

WASHOKU
Wagashi for All Seasons

In the first article of a new series introducing distinctive elements of Japanese cuisine, we feast our eyes on the raw and refined confectionery known as “neri-kiri.”

NATIONAL PARKS
Aso-Kuju: The Power of Nature

For the first article in a new series introducing Japan’s thirty-four designated National Parks, we visited volcanic Aso-Kuju on the island of Kyushu.