Finding satisfaction in being ourselves

| Dec 6, 2009

Finding satisfaction in being ourselves

Psychiatrist Rika Kayama is an outspoken doctor specializing in mental illness, a best-selling writer and a popular social commentator. Her latest book, “Shigamitsukanai Ikikata” (“A Way of Life in Which You Don’t Cling to Anything”), has sold 422,000 copies since it was published in ...

Panda-poop prof scoops Ig Nobel honor

| Nov 15, 2009

Panda-poop prof scoops Ig Nobel honor

Bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas can be used to reduce food waste to less than 10 percent of its original mass. For making this stunning — and potentially invaluable — scientific discovery, Fumiaki Taguchi, Professor Emeritus of Kitasato University in Kanagawa ...

Canine carnival a must-see for all dog lovers

Nov 13, 2009

Canine carnival a must-see for all dog lovers

One of the biggest festivals for dogs in Japan will be held at Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, on Nov. 14-15. Super Dogs Carnival 2009 will feature events involving dogs, dog owners and dog lovers. Last year the annual fair attracted 70,000 people ...

Halloween events planned throughout Japan

Oct 23, 2009

Halloween events planned throughout Japan

Halloween events are taking place in many cities in Japan. Tokyo’s Omotesando will hold a parade titled “Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade 2009.” In the parade, 1,000 children in various costumes will march and show off their fancy outfits. Passes for joining the parade have ...

Rural event blends art, nature

Oct 9, 2009

Rural event blends art, nature

A countryside exhibit of more than 200 modern-art works aims to harmonize art and nature. The “Echigo-Tsumari Art Festival of the Earth” is being held in the vast Echigo-Tsumari region in Niigata Pref., until Nov. 23. Works and installations by artists from around the ...

Sep 25, 2009

Osaka swims with aquatic exhibitions

Eight museums run by the city of Osaka are displaying exhibits related to water this week, as part of the “Museum Weeks Osaka 2009″ campaign. The city is also in the midst of “Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2009,” a festival on the waterfront, and the ...

Down by the waterside

Sep 20, 2009

Down by the waterside

Rivers, fountains, roses and art; they’re all there on Nakanoshima Island in Osaka, just a stone’s throw away but a world apart from the flashy neon and garish glitz of the city’s bustling Dotonbori dining and entertainment hub. Nestled between the Dojima and Tosabori ...

Car-sharing catches on as a cheap and cheerful way to go

| Sep 20, 2009

Car-sharing catches on as a cheap and cheerful way to go

Thinking of traveling from Tokyo to Osaka? Take a shinkansen bullet train or fly and it will set you back around ¥14,000. But if you share the costs of making the trip by car, you’ll likely pay half that or less. Called “car-sharing,” the ...