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For Eriko Arita's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Latin music event includes Cuban ensembles and dancers

Aug 29, 2013

Latin music event includes Cuban ensembles and dancers

Smooth grooves will take the spotlight at a Latin music festival in Tokyo this weekend, which brings three popular Latin American acts to Japan for the Animate! event. One such act is Havana D’Primera, a 14-member salsa-music band led by Alexander Abreu, one of ...

Disaster-relief volunteer networks are essential

Jun 26, 2013

Disaster-relief volunteer networks are essential

Takashi Yamamoto, 42, president of Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center, is Japan’s leading expert on volunteer disaster-relief activities. In 1995, when he was a staffer of the educational cruise ship Peace Boat, Yamamoto began working on disaster relief for Kobe after the Great ...

Chinese acrobatic antics will captivate and thrill

Mar 8, 2013

Chinese acrobatic antics will captivate and thrill

Humans performing seemingly superhuman feats with style and panache: that’s the story of the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe in a nutshell. The group is currently touring Japan with a show called “Sky Mirage,” in which acrobats delight audiences with amazing stunts such as drum juggling, ...

'Grotesque' organist hits town

Feb 22, 2013

'Grotesque' organist hits town

Organist Cameron Carpenter, known for his wild performances and appearance, plays the organ like no one else — hitting the keys with frantic energy and a rockstar-like attitude. Carpenter, born in Pennsylvania in 1981, was a child prodigy, performing Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” when he ...

The nations that make it easier for bands to leap overseas

Feb 21, 2013

The nations that make it easier for bands to leap overseas

At the end of last November, a flock of Canadians descended on concert venue Duo Music Exchange in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya district. It wasn’t an attack of any sort; the Canuck invasion was only peppered with spirited calls to “Clap with us!” The event ...

Feb 15, 2013

Osaka restaurants revisit award-winning dishes

Over the next month, Osaka restaurants will start preparing some award-winning dishes to serve up to lucky diners. The event is called Delice Restaurant Week, but the use of the word “week” is a bit of a misnomer. The event runs from Feb. 22 ...

Tango orchestra to tour country

Jan 17, 2013

Tango orchestra to tour country

A renowned Argentine tango orchestra and dancers will bring their passion for the art to audiences in more than 30 cities across Japan through March. The tour, titled Dramatic Tango — Shin Ogonsedai no Kyoshotachi (Maestros of New Golden Era), is led by Nicolas ...

Wasabi takes old sounds to a young audience

Jan 10, 2013

Wasabi takes old sounds to a young audience

The members of Wasabi, a quartet who plays traditional Japanese instruments, are all used to fans and the politics of backstage meet-and-greets. However, they were surprised to see one particular fan after a recent 11 a.m. performance at a high school in Nara. After ...