All aboard for Art Area B1

Oct 12, 2012

All aboard for Art Area B1

If you can’t bring the people to the art, take the art to the people: This thinking, which for more than a decade has inspired art-in-the-street and art-in-the-countryside projects, last year engendered its oddest event yet: “Art-in-the-underground-train-station-concourse”! Still, as the so-called Art Area B1 ...

Young pianist Umi delighted to capture Osaka prize

Oct 4, 2012

Young pianist Umi delighted to capture Osaka prize

Notwithstanding the best efforts of Typhoon Jelawat, which swept over Osaka on Saturday night, the 13th Osaka International Music Competition was held over the weekend, with more than 800 musicians from around the world competing in 40 categories and age groups. The winner in ...

Telework answers rural and disabled needs

Sep 30, 2012

Telework answers rural and disabled needs

Disaster mitigation and a better “work-life balance” for staff are not the only benefits of having employees working outside the office, an increasing range of companies are now coming to realize. Among these are two that are each pioneering a unique application for telework ...

Teleworking: Home sweet ... office

Sep 30, 2012

Teleworking: Home sweet ... office

On March 13, 2011, just two days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, as massive aftershocks rocked the capital and fears of a radioactive cloud spreading over the country seemed all-too real, Yasuyuki Higuchi, president of a Tokyo-based software company, sat down and typed ...

Summer goes out with a bang

Sep 28, 2012

Summer goes out with a bang

Summer is the season of fireworks in Japan, and, fittingly, it ends with a bang. This Saturday night, the city of Tsuchiura in Ibaraki Prefecture will host its annual fireworks competition, and, as always, the event will provide around 60 of the nation’s best ...

Quake focus at short-film fest in Sendai

Sep 14, 2012

Quake focus at short-film fest in Sendai

Miyagi Prefecture’s capital, Sendai, was the largest city to suffer major damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, so it makes sense that its long-running short-film festival would turn its attention to the disaster and recovery efforts. The 2012 edition of the ...

Sail through time with hobikisen on Lake Kasumigaura

Sep 9, 2012

Sail through time with hobikisen on Lake Kasumigaura

It’s difficult to imagine what Lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture would have looked like a century ago. Most of its surrounding areas have now become dormitory towns for Tokyo, just 50 km to the southwest. These days, too, where the traditional old lotus paddies ...

Hammer-Head studio to support young artists in Yokohama

Sep 6, 2012

Hammer-Head studio to support young artists in Yokohama

Ever since 2002, when then-Yokohama mayor Hiroshi Nakada lit the fuse on his Creative City plan, Tokyo’s southern neighbor has hosted a more-or-less unbroken series of cultural events that have leaped, Chinese firework-style, back and forth between the city’s many hitherto-underutilized publicly owned buildings. ...