A big day out at the sumo

| Aug 20, 2013

A big day out at the sumo

They’re sweaty, they’re chubby and they love pushing each other around. But enough about the folks at my family reunion, let’s talk about sumo. This quintessentially Japanese sport is a lot of fun to witness with kids, and the Ryogoku neighborhood surrounding Tokyo’s Kokugikan ...

Aquariums offer summer escape

| Jul 16, 2013

Aquariums offer summer escape

This past Monday was Marine Day in Japan. Aside from creating a much-appreciated three-day weekend, the role of the holiday is to encourage people to reflect on the integral role the ocean plays in Japan’s history. So, what better time to visit an aquarium? ...

Kids love park life in the summer

| May 15, 2013

Kids love park life in the summer

At long last, warm weather has arrived, which means more playtime in Tokyo’s parks — from your scrappy, local patch of dirt to the manicured opulence of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. My family’s favorite is Yoyogi Park. While not the most pristine public space ...

15 minutes with the Grandmaster

Aug 8, 2008

15 minutes with the Grandmaster

If you are a fan of hip-hop, then you have Grandmaster Flash to thank. He is one of the art form’s earliest exponents, and the first hip-hop artist in history to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the night ...

Plunging into the abyss

Jul 4, 2008

Plunging into the abyss

I’m hanging from a rope, high above the churning froth of an ice-blue river. My friends are waving and shouting out to me, but the roar of the waterfall muffles their voices. I pull myself off a wooden seat and lower my legs. Now ...

May 29, 2008

Hideaki Kawashima: Wavering

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Closes June 7 Hideaki Kawashima’s otherworldly portraits have many of the elements that typify Japan’s surging contemporary art scene, such as stylized feminine beauty and a nod to their creator’s manga and anime-strewn youth. But linger a moment and these ...