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 ...

EU delegation's educational programs for Japan

| May 9, 2013

EU delegation's educational programs for Japan

With the emphasis on people-to-people exchanges and the increasing demand for human resources with international mind-sets, the Delegation of the European Union to Japan offers some academic opportunities for the young generation in Japan who will be the opinion leaders in the future. The ...

Europa House one-day event opens doors to all

| May 9, 2013

Europa House one-day event opens doors to all

The Delegation of the EU to Japan will open its premises to the public during the Europa House Open Day event on May 25. Since the delegation moved from its previous location in the Sanbancho area of Chiyoda Ward to its new premises in ...

Muza Kawasaki marks grand return

Apr 11, 2013

Muza Kawasaki marks grand return

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra has returned to its home at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall. The orchestra was homeless for two years after the hall in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, was severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. On the afternoon of ...