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 ...

Keene: A life lived true to the words

| Sep 6, 2009

Keene: A life lived true to the words

Donald Keene is one of the greatest scholars of Japanese literature and has been highly influential in the establishment of Japanese studies in the West. Now aged 87, the Professor Emeritus of Columbia University in New York has published around 25 books in English, ...

Aug 21, 2009

Haitian musicians set to tour

Passionate Caribbean sounds are sure to excite those who choose to attend “Haiti Passion and Music: All Stars from a Musical Paradise,” a series of concerts that are to be held in major cities across Japan until Sept. 8. Ten musicians from Haiti will ...

Fishery fair nets shoals of hopefuls

| Aug 16, 2009

Fishery fair nets shoals of hopefuls

The recruiters and job-seekers gathered recently in a hall in central Tokyo looked serious but excited as they sat facing each other and talking across tables. But this wasn’t an event pitching young men in suits against corporate managers. On this occasion the recruiters ...

A little Indonesia in Tokyo

Aug 14, 2009

A little Indonesia in Tokyo

Spicy curry, beautiful batik fabrics and traditional Javanese dancing, Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park will transform into a Little Indonesia Aug. 15-16. The second Citizen-Cooperation Festival Inter Japanese and Indonesian is organized by nonprofit group C.P.I. Japan and the Indonesian Youth Association. It’s a charity event ...

Beer fest brings out the bands

Aug 7, 2009

Beer fest brings out the bands

Enjoy beers and free live music from a variety of genres in Tokyo’s Shiodome. Caretta Beer Live is a series of concerts and performances held in the beer garden of Caretta Shiodome, a shopping mall by Tokyo Bay until Aug. 21. The live music ...

Jul 24, 2009

Learn about salt this summer

Do you know how to make salt? The Tobacco & Salt Museum in Tokyo is holding an exhibition on the world of salt making. Through a computerized Q&A system, children can study the process (in Japanese) by listening to salt makers. School teachers will ...

Latin passions come to town with Asia's top tangoistas

| Jul 19, 2009

Latin passions come to town with Asia's top tangoistas

Tango, that intimate dance of sorrow and passion that has swept the world since it was first developed in Argentina around 130 years ago, has proved increasingly attractive to “social dancers” in Japan in recent years. As evidence of this, the 6th Tango Dance ...

Go swim with fishes high in the sky

Jul 17, 2009

Go swim with fishes high in the sky

Does the ocean glitter like a cool mirage in your overheated mind this summer? Rather than trek out to the real thing, all you have to do is dive up to the “Sky Aquarium III” exhibit running through Oct. 4 at Tokyo City View ...

Enjoy watching free movies under the stars

Jul 10, 2009

Enjoy watching free movies under the stars

In Yebisu Garden Place, a commercial complex in Tokyo’s Ebisu, films from Japan and other countries will be shown free of charge on Friday evenings, weekends and holidays from July 17 to Aug. 9. For “Starlight Cinema 2009,” visitors can watch movies in the ...