Japan's love affair with dogs and cats

Feb 28, 2010

Japan's love affair with dogs and cats

Takako Toda welcomed her lively, 7-year-old English pointer into her home in the city of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, when the puppy she named Woowo was just a month old. “It was our dream to have a big dog,” said Toda, 60, explaining that her ...

Owners extol pets' wonder

Feb 28, 2010

Owners extol pets' wonder

Pet Haku 2009, an exposition to showcase cats and dogs as well as pet-related goods and services, was held in Tokyo’s Odaiba district in December and featured around 80 companies. Staff writer Eriko Arita was there with her camera, asking visitors how they met ...

The business of pets

Feb 28, 2010

The business of pets

Japan’s pet boom over the last decade has brought considerable benefits to the nation’s economy. At the same time, however, it has led to problems involving both unscrupulous breeders and traders. While consumer sales in general have remained stagnant through Japan’s protracted economic downturn ...

Tokyo prof strives to rescue an Aboriginal language from oblivion

| Jan 17, 2010

Tokyo prof strives to rescue an Aboriginal language from oblivion

“Every language is a cultural asset of humanity,” is how Tasaku Tsunoda expressed his motivation for costarting a project in 2002 to teach the extinct Warrongo language to the Aboriginal people of the Warrongo tribe of northeastern Australia. Although it is believed that there ...

Dorantes performs original take on flamenco

Jan 15, 2010

Dorantes performs original take on flamenco

You might be forgiven for thinking the primary instrument for flamenco is guitar. David Pena Dorantes, however, creates the music with a piano. Dorantes Piano Solo Conert will be held in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward on Jan. 15. Music lovers will get the chance to ...

Japan's festivals all at once

Jan 8, 2010

Japan's festivals all at once

While winter is an off-season for traditional Japanese festivals, Tokyo Dome will be alive with matsuri madness from Jan. 8-11. At Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2010, people from all over Japan will showcase their region’s matsuri (festivals). One of the featured festivals is the Akita ...

Kids in Osaka get a taste of holidays past

Dec 25, 2009

Kids in Osaka get a taste of holidays past

Traditional New Year celebrations for families will be held at a museum in Osaka’s Kita Ward from Jan. 3-11. The museum, Kids Plaza Osaka, teaches various traditions such as a cooking class on how to make ozoni, a soup containing rice cakes and vegetables. ...

Clavichord gives Kobe taste of past

Dec 11, 2009

Clavichord gives Kobe taste of past

Kobe is set to host a rare clavichord concert titled “Patterns of Plants; Fragile Sound Tapestries Played on the Clavichord”on Dec. 13. The clavichord is a stringed instrument with a keyboard. It was used across Eurpope mainly in the 17th and 18th centuries. Historically, ...