Artist Yukihiro Taguchi produces complicated stop-motion films, with planks of wood roaming the streets. The music for his current work in Göttingen is performed by musicians from Lower Saxony.
Japanese billionaire, online fashion tycoon and art collector Yusaku Maezawa will be the first civilian passenger to circle the moon. The businessman is set to blast off on a SpaceX rocket in 2023.
The French actress, and the star conductor Riccardo Muti, are among those honored with the Praemium Imperiale. The Japanese award is often billed as the Nobel Prize for the Arts.
100 years ago in Vienna, the artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele and architect Otto Wagner all died within a few months of each other. Their works shaped Jugendstil, Viennese art nouveau. They remain unforgotten.
With skin art long associated with Japan's underworld gangs, one artist is defying pressure from the authorities to give up his profession. And supporters say that if he loses, the entire industry in Japan is at risk.
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