'Simple and severe' in World Nailist finals

Jan 30, 2011

'Simple and severe' in World Nailist finals

Among the many exciting attractions of Tokyo Nail Expo, held on Nov. 28 and 29 last year, were more than 10 competitions in which nail-school students and professional manicurists showed off their skills. Foremost among these events was the 5th World Nailist Championship, the ...

Taking the tango across the country

Jan 21, 2011

Taking the tango across the country

A renowned Argentine tango orchestra and dancers from that country and Japan are bringing their passion for the art to audiences across Japan through March. The tour, titled Dramatic Tango — Golden Rhythm, will be held by the Min-On Concert Association in 33 cities ...

Dec 24, 2010

Fukuoka group offers traditional holiday

Flights overseas can get expensive around the New Year’s holidays, so Fukuoka-based tourist organization Wahaha Studio Japan are hoping to make the holidays here a memorable experience. Wahaha, which also offers Japanese lessons and other culture-related activities throughout the year, is organizing a series ...

At the pinnacle of pole

| Dec 19, 2010

At the pinnacle of pole

There was a palpable buzz in the air at Tokyo Dome City on Dec. 9 as some 2,000 people — many dressed in their finery as if for the opera — awaited the first competitor’s appearance at the 2010 International Pole Championship. Where once ...

Dec 3, 2010

Pole dancers descend on Japan for competition

The powerful, sensual and acrobatic performance of pole dancers is sure to titillate audiences at the International Pole Championship in Tokyo on Dec. 9. Pole dancing uses a vertical, fixed pole to perform techniques, called “tricks,” such as flipping upside-down on and spinning around ...

| Nov 21, 2010

Heading for the hills — in style

One sunny Saturday a couple of weeks ago, this writer joined five women and three men who met up at Ikusabata Station on the JR Ome Line in the mountains of western Tokyo. Sporting colorful but functional outdoor clothes, the young trendily dressed female ...

Nov 19, 2010

Mix and mingle in Fukuoka

Now Lounge, a dance party in Fukuoka, hopes to bring together the area’s internationally minded people. Fukuoka Now, a free multilingual magazine based in the city, is organizing the event for Nov. 26. Publisher Nick Szasz claims the event is the biggest international party ...

A Kyushu tale of two cities in one

Nov 7, 2010

A Kyushu tale of two cities in one

Fukuoka, the biggest city in Kyushu and a key gateway linking Japan to the rest of Asia, has the air of a modern metropolis. But the city is also rich in traditional culture and its residents’ long-standing hospitality toward visitors is well known. To ...

Nov 6, 2010

Canadian loves keeping Fukuoka informed

Nick Szasz, a native of Toronto, has published the free bilingual magazine Fukuoka Now since 1998. He says he launched the publication out of love for the biggest city in Kyushu and his sense of mission to provide information for non-Japanese living in the ...

Making the cut at sushi academy

| Oct 17, 2010

Making the cut at sushi academy

Ahmed Bishara clasps a vinegared rice ball in his hand and quickly pastes wasabi on a slice of raw salmon on the cutting board before him. He puts the rice ball on the salmon, turns it upside-down and presses it tightly into shape with ...