Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song

Mar 13, 2014

Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song

The cherry trees of Ueno Park are inspirational in full bloom. Come early spring and Tokyoites head to the area early to snag spots beneath the pink blossoms, which inspire romance, revelry and perhaps more than a few visionary ideas. More than a decade ...

Fukushima kids compose for Philharmonic

Feb 18, 2014

Fukushima kids compose for Philharmonic

The Sony Music Foundation took the opportunity of the New York Philharmonic’s current Asia tour to organize a special event on Feb. 11. The concert aimed to provide Japanese youth — some of whom were from Fukushima Prefecture — with first-class live performances by ...

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

Feb 4, 2014

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

Japanese audiences, especially women, may have mixed feelings about Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly.” However, they may become intrigued when they learn that a new production, which tells the story of a geisha abandoned by her U.S. Navy officer husband, is being staged under ...

Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note

Sep 25, 2013

Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe reportedly once said “God is in the details.” Conductor Seiji Ozawa would literally agree. He meets The Japan Times at a cafe he frequents in Tokyo’s Seijo district.

Focusing on people, not just words

| Sep 2, 2013

Focusing on people, not just words

English interpreters in Japan may often be regarded as those who convert English into Japanese or vice versa. However, Mutsumi Katayama, who has worked for more than 20 years as a freelance professional interpreter, focuses more attention on interpersonal communication. “I ask people questions ...

The bell tolls on Demon Pond

Jun 21, 2013

The bell tolls on Demon Pond

The sound of the temple bell of “Yashagaike (Demon Pond)” will ring for the first time at the New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) — but it’s the bell’s silence that will reverberate for the characters of this new Japanese-language opera. The story of “Yashagaike” ...

JICA helps Africans develop their future

| Jun 1, 2013

JICA helps Africans develop their future

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an independent governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance (ODA) for the government, has played an important role for the country in its relations with foreign nations. The following is the story of a JICA staff member who ...

Yokohama continues to foster close African ties

| Jun 1, 2013

Yokohama continues to foster close African ties

Africa returns to Yokohama in the form of the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which is being held through June 3. Since the Port of Yokohama opened in 1859, which marked the end of Japan’s isolation during the Edo Period ...