Mayumi Kagita: A fusion of cultures revealed in dance

| Jan 1, 2012

Mayumi Kagita: A fusion of cultures revealed in dance

On Nov. 19, the Pit hall of the New National Theatre, Tokyo, in Shibuya, was filled with hundreds of eager theater-goers. They had come to see a performance of “Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku” (“The Women-Killer and the Hell of Oil”), a play written ...

Film promotes Japan energy revolution

| Dec 18, 2011

Film promotes Japan energy revolution

The known world has already been through three pivotal epochs: the agricultural, industrial and information-technology revolutions. Now, a fourth is taking place: the renewable-energy revolution. At least that is how the German director Carl Fechner presents it in his documentary film, “The 4th Revolution ...

Smiles return to Tohoku as the circus comes to town

| Nov 20, 2011

Smiles return to Tohoku as the circus comes to town

At Nakamura Daiichi Elementary School in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, a theater company named La Tatan Sha recently staged a musical for the students that featured live painting. Located on the coast in the north of the prefecture, Soma was hard hit by the Great ...

Songwriter's album touches on quake

Nov 17, 2011

Songwriter's album touches on quake

It might still be too early to understand the effect of March 11′s Great East Japan Earthquake on musicians living in the stricken Tohoku region, but as lives get back to normal artists will no doubt find ways to express themselves. Singer-songwriter Koji Ishikawa’s ...

Flamenco dancer Kagita tells a kabuki tale

Nov 11, 2011

Flamenco dancer Kagita tells a kabuki tale

The idea that flamenco and kabuki share the same sense of expression was the motivation for a pair of prominent Japanese dancers to base a flamenco performance on the kabuki play “Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku”(“The Lady-Killer and an Oil Hell”). That play was ...

| Oct 2, 2011

Satoshi Kamata: Rebel spirit writ large

Monday, Sept. 19, was Respect for the Aged Day in Japan. But on that sweltering national holiday, it wasn’t the heat that that drew tens of thousands of people to Meiji Park in central Tokyo, but their concerns for all the nation’s citizens, and ...

Rebel spirit writ large

| Oct 2, 2011

Rebel spirit writ large

Monday, Sept. 19, was Respect for the Aged Day in Japan. But on that sweltering national holiday, it wasn’t the heat that that drew tens of thousands of people to Meiji Park in central Tokyo, but their concerns for all the nation’s citizens, and ...

Get your kicks in Japan

| Sep 18, 2011

Get your kicks in Japan

Walk the streets of Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku and Shibuya shopping districts and the sheer variety of fashion worn by people passing by can be, to the uninitiated, simply mind boggling. But, look at their feet and more often than not they are wearing shoes ...