Dec 28, 2012

Tokyo to be packed with nontraditional parties

Not interested in a traditional Japanese New Year’s Eve? I’ve often spent my countdowns in the salsa-music dance clubs of the Roppongi district in Tokyo. Latin-music fans gather at clubs such as Salsa Caribe in Roppongi (www.salsacaribe.jp) and Las Risas in Ginza (www.lasrisas.com) — ...

Osaka lights up for the holidays

Dec 21, 2012

Osaka lights up for the holidays

The downtown area of Osaka is currently aglow with a variety of lights for the holidays, to the delight of couples and photographers. Osaka Hikari-Renaissance is an annual illumination event that was launched in the city’s central Nakanoshima area in 2003, and its lighting ...

View waves from a new vantage

Dec 14, 2012

View waves from a new vantage

American photographer Clark Little gives nonsurfers a chance to see what they’re missing in a series of pictures he is showing at the “Clark Little Photo Exhibition” in Tokyo. The photographs of waves in Hawaii, breaking close to the North Shore area of Oahu ...

Nuclear risks not bound by borders

Dec 13, 2012

Nuclear risks not bound by borders

One of the key issues in Sunday’s Lower House election is the future of Japan’s 50 commercial nuclear reactors, all but two of which remain off line in light of the Fukushima disaster. But few voters are aware that six reactors are operating in ...

Geisha to perform yearly dance

Dec 7, 2012

Geisha to perform yearly dance

It may be a bit touristy to hunt for geisha in Kyoto, but head to Fukuoka and they’re there for all to see. The 22nd Hakata Odori will be held in Hakata Ward in Fukuoka on Dec. 7 and 8. In the annual show, ...

Airport event boasts a runway by the runway

Nov 16, 2012

Airport event boasts a runway by the runway

The art of Japanese textile will mix with the beauty of fashion from other Asian countries at the Sakura Collection this weekend. As an event meant to bring cultures together, it’s fitting that it will be held at Kansai International Airport. A fashion show ...

Nov 4, 2012

Symposium looks at the disturbing rise of online nationalism

While the territorial disputes between Japan and China, and that with South Korea, seem to have quietened down recently, some people remain frustrated by the issue. Since August, when South Korean President Lee Myung Bak visited the Takeshima islands (known as Dokdo in South ...

Japan to celebrate Halloween with parades

Oct 26, 2012

Japan to celebrate Halloween with parades

Expect a ghoulish time in Tokyo’s Omotesando when the area holds its “Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade” (www.harajuku-halloween.com) on Oct. 28, in which some 1,300 costumed revelers are expected to march. The parade starts at 1 p.m. on Omotesando street (near the station) and finishes ...

Aircraft show to offer visitors close-up tour

Oct 12, 2012

Aircraft show to offer visitors close-up tour

The Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in Nagoya this weekend offers a special opportunity for the general public to view a variety of airplanes up close. This particular exhibition is held in Japan once every four years mainly for the purpose of allowing the world’s ...

Pet Expo helps Fido look spot on

Oct 5, 2012

Pet Expo helps Fido look spot on

As Tokyo prepares for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in Osaka fashion has gone to the dogs. Pet lovers are set to gather in Kansai for Pet Haku (Pet Expo) 2012, and one of the main programs of the event will be a fashion show for ...