Snowman fest gives families a cool time

Dec 16, 2011

Snowman fest gives families a cool time

Snow in Osaka is rare this time of year, but the organizers of the Umeda Snowman Festival aren’t going to let that stop them from trying to create a winter wonderland. The event, which takes place in the city’s Umeda district, is ideal for ...

Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)

| Oct 27, 2010

Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)

Living in Japan without speaking the native language comes with its challenges. Ashley Thompson is tackling them one at a time, and blogging about her experiences at Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese) . Originally from Seattle, Wash., Thompson moved to Japan as an ...

Brazil film fest to tour Japan

Oct 8, 2010

Brazil film fest to tour Japan

Brazil has been on a roll lately. The world’s fifth largest country has been awarded the FIFA World Cup for 2014 and South America’s first Olympics in 2016. Brazilians can’t help but feel jubilant as the world’s gaze turns south. While Festival Cinema Brasil ...

African pianist to jazz up Tokyo, Kyoto

Sep 24, 2010

African pianist to jazz up Tokyo, Kyoto

Combining smooth jazz with elements of African style, Abdullah Ibrahim has drawn comparisons with musicians such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. The South African pianist will give jazz fans in Tokyo and Kyoto a taste of this combination when he returns to Japan ...