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Close Tail – Detective Academy –

Close Tail – Detective Academy –

Tailing, bugging, stakeouts...this riveting human drama realistically portrays the work of private detectives, charting the growth of a group of trainee detectives.

University student Tasuku graduates from university without a career path planned.
Returning home, he finds his father Jinpei has abandoned him, leaving behind a letter reading: “Congratulations on your graduation! I’m graduating from being your father!”

Once a best-selling mystery author, Jinpei blew his entire fortune, leaving behind only mountains of debt. With no evidence of foul play, the police refuse to investigate his father’s disappearance, and Tasuku eventually ends up at “Joker Detective Agency” after finding their business card in one of Jinpei’s novels. Unfortunately, the cost of investigating the disappearance is far beyond Tasuku’s means.

Troubled, Tasuku’s eye’s fall on a poster looking for new students at a school for detectives. He makes the decision to become a professional detective and search for his father himself.

One day, whilst practicing tailing a suspect, he gets sidetracked saving an old woman and loses his mark. He’s later reprimanded by his teacher who tells him “90% of a private detective’s job is to investigate affairs, uncover people’s secrets and weaknesses. Being resented by people is par for the course! If you want to be a good person, this job isn’t for you.”

Compared to the heroic detectives in his father’s book, the reality of the job comes as a sharp shock to Tasuku. On top of this, the classmates he has to work with are an overwhelmingly eclectic mix of people from different ages and backgrounds, leading them into unforeseen trouble on almost every case. At this rate, will Tasuku ever become a full-fledged detective?

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JOHANNES VERMEER and the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age from the collection of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

JOHANNES VERMEER and the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age from the collection of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

The centerpiece painting of this exhibition is the “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” by the great 17th-century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer.

This is an early masterpiece with which Vermeer is known to have established his definitive painting style, with the expression of light coming through a window and the portrayal of a woman reading a letter inside a room.

In 1979, X-ray images taken disclosed a painting-within-a-painting, showing a Cupid on the background wall which had been varnished over. For many years, it was long thought that Vermeer himself had painted out the Cupid. However, research in 2017 revealed that it had been done by another hand, and a restoration went ahead to remove the over layer on the painting-within-a-painting. In May 2019, a work in the process of restoration, in which the painting of Cupid partially appears was unveiled at a press conference.

In addition to the materials featuring the above process, this exhibition will display the initial state of the “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” painting, in which the image of Cupid is fully revealed after the large-scale restoration. This will be the second display of the restored work, since its unveiling at “Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden”, and first time in the world that the painting will be exhibited since it was first unveiled after the restoration.

Including works by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Gabriel Metsu and Jacob van Ruisdael of the collection of “Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden”, the exhibition will also feature around 70 masterpieces from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age paintings.

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From “NANBA MG5”
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The Exclusive Interview with Shotaro Mamiya from Fuji Television’s new Wednesday night drama slot “NANBA MG5.”

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