Brazilian party brings Blitz

Sep 2, 2011

Brazilian party brings Blitz

Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo hosts a number of internationally themed events, and this week the area will hoist the yellow, green and blue of the Brazilian flag overhead. The sixth annual Festival Brasil is being organized by The Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in ...

From the <em>favelas</em> of Brazil come street-style dancers supreme

Jul 21, 2011

From the favelas of Brazil come street-style dancers supreme

In a weeklong festival of street-dance performances and competitions being held at Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT) in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, starting from July 30, one dance group perhaps stands out in particular for its emotionally charged performances. As part of Compagnie Käfig, a dance ...

Films focus on Japan's nuclear flashpoints

Jul 17, 2011

Films focus on Japan's nuclear flashpoints

The crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 has revealed the danger posed by the storing of spent nuclear fuel in pools at the plant, because after the pools drained ...

Temblor brings hope and tears to zoo

| Jun 19, 2011

Temblor brings hope and tears to zoo

The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11 affected the animals in Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in both negative and positive ways. The most negative impact was the death, on April 16, of a female hippo named Satsuki, who succumbed to inflammation that spread ...

Jun 10, 2011

Miyamoto piece to open up Yokohama to Broadway gem

The first Broadway musical directed by a Japanese person will be performed in Yokohama from June 17 to July 3. “Pacific Overtures” (“Taiheiyo Jokyoku” in Japanese) will be directed by Amon Miyamoto and was first staged in Tokyo in October 2000. The piece was ...

The Met tours Nagoya, Tokyo

Jun 3, 2011

The Met tours Nagoya, Tokyo

After cancellations by two of its singers, the Metropolitan Opera has found replacements, so that it can carry out performances in Nagoya and Tokyo from June 4 to 19. Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met, said at a news conference in Tokyo on ...

Tohoku play finds friends in ghostly places

May 20, 2011

Tohoku play finds friends in ghostly places

With the eastern Tohoku region currently undergoing much hardship due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, it might be a good time to revisit the culture of the region in the hopes of motivating people’s drive to recover. A musical set in Japan’s ...

May 15, 2011

Utility and opponents lock horns over planned N-plant

With the May 10 announcement by Prime Minister Naoto Kan of a fundamental review of nuclear power generation in Japan, the fate of 14 planned new reactors was necessarily thrown into doubt. However, neither ongoing events in Fukushima, nor news of the review, have ...