Playlist: DJ Mai Matsunami from Osaka/Berlin

In a new series on our  blog network, we share playlists with local DJ created exclusively for our blog readers and listeners. Here is the first playlist for BERLINIPPON.COM created by DJ Mäi originally from Osaka, now based in Berlin. Read her biography below. Mäi aka Mai Matsunami is a DJ from Osaka, Japan. Mai’s […]

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Emi Hariyama performing in Berliner Philharmonie

The night of 21 June is the shortest of the year – an event that was celebrated in pre-Christian times with midsummer bonfires and all manner of rituals, especially in the Celtic, Germanic and Slavic cultures. The purpose was currying favour with the gods on behalf of the annually recurring cycle of sowing, growth and […]

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Toshio Hosokawa – Matsukaze

»Matsukaze« is among the best-loved classics of Japanese Noh Theatre. The sisters Matsukaze and Murasame are each in love with the same man; their feelings however remain unrequited in this life. Years after death the sisters’ spirits revisit this world in tireless pursuit of their beloved. With the world première of »Matsukaze« Sasha Waltz follows […]

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Berlin’s soundtrack

While Berlin offers an appealing base for many musicians to live and play, others are drawn again and again for just a few weeks or months in the year, bringing fresh sounds to Berlin’s ever-changing music scene. “We’ve just sold the most CDs ever since we got to Berlin,” Emi Kashiwara, one half of the […]

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Daisuke Gotô – Blind Love (2005)

Gotô is one of the masters of Japanese Pink Cinema which features open-minded and experimental low-budget films with innovative sex scenes. BLIND LOVE tells the story of three screwball characters who stumble into a bizarre ménage à trois. The protagonists are absurdly funny but never ridiculed. This hilarious, gentle sex comedy moved its audience at […]

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Sushi in Suhl – Japan in the DDR

Sushi in Suhl is a 2012 German feature film about the history of the only Japanese restaurant in the GDR and its chef Rolf Anschütz. Directed by Carsten Fiebeler. The leading roles played Uwe Steimle and Julia Richter .

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Rinko Kawauchi nominated for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012

Nominated for her publication Illuminance, published by Editions Xavier Barral (France, 2011). Hailed for her ability to turn the mundane into the extraordinary and poetic, Kawauchi’s work explores themes of life, death and the everyday. Illuminance, the result of both commissions and personal projects, spans fifteen years of her practice. Using a soft palette of […]

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Love’s Whirlpool by Daisuke Miura

Love’s Whirlpool A dating evening for four couples, three beds and voyeurs European premiere TEXT / DIRECTION Daisuke Miura [Tokyo] With Ryotaro Yonemura, Yusuke Furusawa, Ryo Iwase, Hideaki Washio, Hiroyuki Aoki, Katsuyuki Iizuka, Runa Endo, Megumi Nitta, Yoshiko Miyajima, Juri Takagi STAGE MANAGER Kiyonaga Matsushita STAGE Toshie Tanaka LIGHT Takashi Ito SOUND Yoshihiro Nakamura FILM […]

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Kyohei Sakaguchi Mobile House @ Berliner Festspiele

By Yoske Nishiumi I am so excited to help organizing an opening party of Kyohei Sakaguchi’s exhitbition at Haus Der Berliner Festspiele. It is a project of Sakaguchi to build a house for Marino Formenti who will play piano and live inside of this space for three weeks. The house is built around a big […]

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