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Film

Studio Ghibli: In a league of their own

For those disillusioned with the monotony of today’s viewing culture, dominated largely by the likes of binge-viewing, reality television, and seemingly endless murder documentaries, I bring good news. Netflix announced last month that they are going to stream 31 animated films from Studio Ghibli to an international audience, bringing a different breed of entertainment to […]

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Features

Tokyo Olympics asked to ban Japan’s Rising Sun flag

Relations between two East Asian giants have once again frozen with the arrival of winter. The main subject of this controversy: Japan’s inclusion of the ‘Rising Sun Flag’ in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tensions arose after the South Korean Government requested to the International Olympic Committee that the flag be banned from Olympic venues. The […]

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Sport

The Student’s 2019 Rugby World Cup Awards

With the Rugby World Cup done and dusted it’s an apposite time to reflect on the highlights of the competition with a set of tournament awards. Best Team – Japan South Africa won the tournament and England were mightily impressive in beating the All Blacks but both lose out to the Brave Blossoms here. Not […]

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TV

Queer Eye: Japan

Four Seasons in to the American reboot of Queer Eye and the Fab Five have reached out not only to a different country, but a different continent. They’re in Japan! Same context – our five wonderful guys go to help individuals to improve their lives.  The show changes in some aspects as the group have […]

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Art Culture

Owen Normand’s The Cut at Leith School of Art

The Leith School of Art is currently exhibiting BP Portrait Award winner Owen Normand’s show entitled The Cut. All of Normand’s work tends to explore “the bittersweet awareness of impermanence”, inspired by concepts in Japanese aesthetics. Whilst Normand’s last exhibition, Moving On, was about Mono no aware, a concept which illustrates how something becomes more […]

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Sport

England on track: is rugby coming home this year?

The last decade of English World Cup rugby has seen much controversy and little consistency. 2011; England’s ‘antics’ and ‘off-field’ distractions took over Martin Johnson’s grasp of their World Cup. From ball swapping to inappropriate comments, England’s time spent south culminated in a £3,000 fine awarded to Manu Tuilagi for taking a disorderly dip in […]

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Sport

Rugby World Cup Spotlight: can Tonga exceed expectations?

The stage is set. Rugby’s worldwide fanbase draws teams from hats, excitedly reading the names of South Africa, New Zealand and England from the back of torn pieces of paper. With as many victories as there have been tournaments shared between the top-tier teams, fans are filled with hope that their draw will lead them […]

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News Sport

Rugby World Cup Preview: how will the Home Nations do?

After a glorious summer dominated by the successes of England’s cricketing heroes, football and rugby have returned to our screens and back pages, fighting for supremacy in the national sporting consciousness. The Premier League has produced several shocks already, none more unexpected than newly-promoted Norwich’s victory over reigning champions Manchester City. One man who would […]