Researcher Goodall doesn't monkey around

Oct 10, 2010

Researcher Goodall doesn't monkey around

Jane Goodall, indisputably one of the world’s foremost authorities on chimpanzees and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute for wildlife research and conservation, was in Japan last month as a part of the institute’s celebration of her 50th anniversary of pioneering chimpanzee research in ...

Orchestra to woo Fukuoka

Oct 8, 2010

Orchestra to woo Fukuoka

Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, a German ensemble led by Japanese conductor Toshiyuki Kamioka, will perform the music of Richard Wagner for a Fukuoka audience on Oct. 15. The orchestra, based in Wuppertal, western Germany, is comprised of 88 musicians and has nearly 150 years of ...

Korean artist gets Fukuoka cultural award

Sep 24, 2010

Korean artist gets Fukuoka cultural award

Hwang Byung Ki, a native of Seoul and master of the kayagum (a traditional Korean 12-string zither), was awarded the Grand Prize at this year’s Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prizes on Sept. 16. Hwang — who aims to to appeal to both Asian and international ...

Let's samba!

| Sep 19, 2010

Let's samba!

Despite Tokyo’s record-breaking summer heat, half a million spectators packed downtown Asakusa on Aug. 28 to watch the 30th Asakusa Samba Carnival, with many having arrived in the morning to be sure of getting a good view. At one of the prime spots along ...

Top dancer to delight Fukuoka flamenco fans

Aug 13, 2010

Top dancer to delight Fukuoka flamenco fans

A breathtaking performance by Spanish flamenco dancer Miguel Can~as is bound to captivate audiences in Fukuoka next week. The show, “Tablao: Miguel Can~as,” will be held at Tiempo, a Latin cultural center in Fukuoka, on Aug. 20. Can~as is a world-famous dancer, choreographer and ...

Lost worlds of Japan

Aug 8, 2010

Lost worlds of Japan

The sound of bells echoes through the monastery at Gion Shoja, telling all who hear it that nothing is permanent. The flowers of the sala trees show that all that flourishes must fade. Proud men, powerful men will fall, like dreams on a spring ...

Crumbling relics tell of life and death — and of rebirth, too

Aug 8, 2010

Crumbling relics tell of life and death — and of rebirth, too

There’s an area in Miyagi Prefecture called Kejonuma that’s home to an arresting legend. Kejonuma means “pond of the ghost woman,” and the tale that gave birth to this name tells of a beautiful damsel, daughter of a rich farmer, who lived near a ...

Roads to nowhere lead to past times

Aug 8, 2010

Roads to nowhere lead to past times

On a scorching hot day in late June, some 20 tourists were gazing at the fenced-off entrance of an abandoned tunnel named Taura Zuido (Taura Tunnel) in the Kanagawa Prefecture port city of Yokosuka. Yoshiyuki Hiranuma, who was guiding that “Old Tunnels of Yokosuka” ...

Axed railroads signal nostalgia

Aug 8, 2010

Axed railroads signal nostalgia

The Miyanoharu Line that connected Oita and Kumamoto prefectures in Kyushu was a scenic wonder when it opened along its entire route in 1954, winding for 27 km through mountains and valleys and across no fewer than seven bridges in the town of Oguni ...