Take a break from reality at Roppongi Art Night

Mar 16, 2012

Take a break from reality at Roppongi Art Night

At one end of town there will be a young girl in a polka-dot dress standing some 10 meters tall. At the other, a team of large yellow mice will host a festival complete with portable shrines. Tokyo’s Roppongi district is a spectacle at ...

Young hopes bloom eternal

Mar 11, 2012

Young hopes bloom eternal

The first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake is a time to commemorate the victims of that terrible tragedy. But it is also an opportunity to look to the future. How will the events of March 11, 2011 — and the subsequent ongoing ...

Mar 8, 2012

Are we pointing at the right guy?

Last August, much consternation was caused when an apparent rogue worker at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant appeared on a live-to-air webcam and pointed an accusatory finger directly at the camera. After about 20 minutes, the man, who was clad in a ...

Are we pointing at the right guy?

Mar 8, 2012

Are we pointing at the right guy?

Last August, much consternation was caused when an apparent rogue worker at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant appeared on a live-to-air webcam and pointed an accusatory finger directly at the camera. After about 20 minutes, the man, who was clad in a ...

Boat show stresses awareness

Mar 2, 2012

Boat show stresses awareness

If you’re looking forward to a summer of marine sports or fishing, this might be the place to start. The Japan International Boat Show 2012 is currently underway in Yokohama and will continue through Sunday. More than 160 boats are on display at the ...

Danger zones

Feb 26, 2012

Danger zones

Teruo Saito has lived most of his 79 years within a couple of hundred meters of the Pacific, in an area that has been overwhelmed by massive tsunamis twice in the last 600 years. Until last year’s Great East Japan Earthquake, the retired company ...

Dance troupe adds special Tohoku show

Feb 24, 2012

Dance troupe adds special Tohoku show

Lucnica, the Slovak National Folklore Ballet from Bratislava, has been described by a journalist at French newspaper La Marseillaise as “The Rolling Stones of folklore.” Perhaps what the writer meant is that they aren’t likely to gather any moss. One of the thrills of ...

Jan 19, 2012

Lost Kennedy photo now to be found in museums

John F. Kennedy is framed by the heads of seven TV cameramen. His hands are cupped in a some kind of explanatory gesture, but his mouth is closed. Perhaps he’s just finished saying something about his chances in the 1960 election, which is just ...

Lost Kennedy photo now to be found in museums

Jan 19, 2012

Lost Kennedy photo now to be found in museums

John F. Kennedy is framed by the heads of seven TV cameramen. His hands are cupped in a some kind of explanatory gesture, but his mouth is closed. Perhaps he’s just finished saying something about his chances in the 1960 election, which is just ...