Antidancing law out of step with Japan's youth culture

Sep 23, 2012

Antidancing law out of step with Japan's youth culture

Many in Japan’s large and lively dance community centered on hip-hop, house and other styles are becoming increasingly upset at what appears to be a police crackdown on an essential part of their lives. Since 2010, with more and more clubs being shut down ...

Street dance sweeps young Japan

Sep 23, 2012

Street dance sweeps young Japan

The cool, wild and powerful movements of rhythm-heavy hip-hop dance are gripping the body and soul of ever more Japanese children and young people. For several years there have been commercial lessons offered and hip-hop competitions held around the country. Since April, though, this ...

Kodo drum troupe marks 25 years of Earth Celebration

Aug 17, 2012

Kodo drum troupe marks 25 years of Earth Celebration

Niigata’s Sado Island becomes the stage for a high-energy performance of taiko (Japanese drums) this weekend. Kodo, Japan’s most famous taiko troupe, will host Earth Celebration, an annual music festival in the town of Ogi on Sado Island from Aug. 17-19. This year marks ...

Life up in the treetops

| Jul 15, 2012

Life up in the treetops

Imagine strolling through a forest and coming across a hut supported by four trees 8 meters off the ground. With its triangular roof, stained-glass door panels and timber decking, at first sight it’s like something in a fairyland. This is, however, the latest lofty ...

The Armenian Little Singers are making it big

Jul 13, 2012

The Armenian Little Singers are making it big

The Armenian Little Singers choir — whose repertoire includes classical songs, modern music, jazz and bossa nova — are performing in Japan for the first time. The singers — 40 girls aged 11 to 18 — are all students of music schools in Yerevan, ...

Keeping an eye on TV news coverage of the nuke crisis

Jul 8, 2012

Keeping an eye on TV news coverage of the nuke crisis

In the week immediately after March 11, 2011 — when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku and crippled the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant — most Japanese were closely watching TV news programs — amazed that a nuclear crisis was now ...

Jun 22, 2012

Film tackles identity issues

Where is home — Brazil or Japan? This question apparently puzzles the children of Japanese-Brazilians, who were brought here when their parents immigrated for work. A documentary film on the challenging and dramatic lives of those children is being shown with English subtitles in ...