Florian Turgeon

For Florian Turgeon's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Rise and shine to tai chi at Roppongi Hills

Jul 24, 2014

Rise and shine to tai chi at Roppongi Hills

Tokyo’s night-life area of Roppongi is probably one of the last places you would expect to find people exercising early in the morning, but on weekends from July 26 to Aug. 10, the Roppongi Hills shopping complex welcomes anyone, whether they are hungover or ...

Interpets treats city animals

Jul 24, 2014

Interpets treats city animals

Japan is a paradise for pampered pets. There are dog manicure salons, dog spas, cat gourmet treats and many other ways to treat your furry friends. A trip to the nearest park will reveal plenty of owners walking dogs who are quite often dressed ...

Makuhari Messe takes a trip into space

Jul 18, 2014

Makuhari Messe takes a trip into space

What happened to the grand days of space exploration? It was only a few decades ago when Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon and solemnly stated: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But the dreams of ...

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

Jul 2, 2014

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

Contemporary dance has always pushed the boundaries of corporal expression by exploring themes that traditional dance genres and their movements have difficulty conveying. As one of the Month of France series of events organized by the Yokohama branch of the Institut Francais du Japon, ...

Tokyo's bleep on the synthesizer fan's radar

Jun 5, 2014

Tokyo's bleep on the synthesizer fan's radar

Making electronic music can be incredibly intimidating for beginners: What’s the best hardware to buy? How do you use it? And all those cables! To give budding musicians a little guidance, this weekend’s Tokyo Festival of Modular at SuperDeluxe in Roppongi offers an opportunity ...

'Golden Voice' to sing for Togo

Apr 26, 2013

'Golden Voice' to sing for Togo

Tokyo, Miyagi Known as the “Golden Voice of Togo,” singer King Mensah’s dedication to his country has always been expressed through his artistic endeavors. He will perform for the first time in Japan next week on the occasion of Togo’s independence day on Sunday. ...

May: Eight days of Kraftwerk

Apr 25, 2013

May: Eight days of Kraftwerk

Spring is here and May is the last month before festival season really swings into gear. Before you start saving money for Fuji Rock or SummerSonic, there’s a few shows you may want to check out. One of the most highly sought-after tickets is ...

'Leonardo da Vinci: Biblioteca Pinacoteca Ambrosiana'

Apr 25, 2013

'Leonardo da Vinci: Biblioteca Pinacoteca Ambrosiana'

Leonardo da Vinci is probably best-known for his “Mona Lisa,” but as a painter, artist and engineer, he was also one of the most prominent personalities of the Italian Renaissance. This exhibition brings to Japan various artworks and letters from the Biblioteca e Pinacoteca ...

ZZZ's continue a great year

Apr 19, 2013

ZZZ's continue a great year

It’s a new year that other indie bands could only dream of. Steady gigs, new releases and collaborations with established artists, they’ve all been on ZZZ’s schedule for the past few months. The Hyogo Prefecture trio released their second EP, “Magnetica,” in February, and ...