See 'Akira' in full aural capacity

Dec 5, 2013

See 'Akira' in full aural capacity

Experience animation artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterworks in a way you’re unlikely to have done before. The Bakuon 2013 film event in Tokyo is showcasing various anime films by the renowned artist in a space with acoustics designed for music festivals. So, consider yourself warned ...

Dec 3, 2013

Documentary film 'Save the Club Noon' tackles anti-dancing law

Dancers displeased with the anti-dance law and the shutdown of a popular club in Osaka are taking their arguments to the screens this month in a documentary titled “Save The Club Noon.” Noon, located in the Nakazaki-cho district of Osaka, was forced to shut ...

Lady Gaga gets dolled up in Tokyo

Dec 1, 2013

Lady Gaga gets dolled up in Tokyo

Leave it to Japan’s humanoid robotics to outdo the world’s most avant-garde diva. Multi-platinum pop star Lady Gaga, in Japan to promote her new album “Artpop,” was presented Sunday with four life-size dolls resembling her, created using precise anatomical measures and realistic silicone skin. ...

The boys are back in town to sing for Japan

Nov 28, 2013

The boys are back in town to sing for Japan

When the boys’ choir Boni Pueri last toured in Japan in late 2010, the group made a stop at Tagajo in Miyagi Prefecture, merely months before the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami destroyed a large part of the city. Upon hearing the news ...

A festival that'll literally send you running

Nov 28, 2013

A festival that'll literally send you running

Learn from the experts how to properly exercise by joining two former Olympic athletes at the Jogging Matsuri 2013 on Nov. 30 in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai Sports Park. This event features talk sessions and workshops by marathoner Akio Usami, who competed in the Montreal, ...

Is the JLPT really worth it?

| Nov 24, 2013

Is the JLPT really worth it?

The final countdown to this Sunday’s Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has begun, but professionals say piling pressure on examinees might do more harm than good at this point. Having said that, recruitment specialists and Japanese language teachers interviewed by The Japan Times stress ...

Language-learning app mixes study and manga

Nov 24, 2013

Language-learning app mixes study and manga

For those who came to Japan for the anime but are stuck instead studying flash cards for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), an Osaka-based company has made it possible to kill two birds with one app. The JLPT Prep N4&N5 application by Wao ...

Enjoy giant sushi rolls with Chiba's best rice

Nov 21, 2013

Enjoy giant sushi rolls with Chiba's best rice

Enjoy what Tako in Chiba Prefecture has to offer this Saturday at the Iki Iki Festa Tako 2013, where local produce including the town’s famous Tako-mai rice, will be available for purchase directly from the farmers. Tako, located near Narita airport, is known for ...

Bless your shoes not your socks

Nov 21, 2013

Bless your shoes not your socks

Tamahime Inari Shrine in Taito Ward is hosting the 39th Kutsu no Megumi Matsuri (Shoe Blessing Festival) this weekend, for which local shoe makers will organize every shoe-related event imaginable, including memorial services for worn-out footwear and special bargain sales. Organizers of the event ...