Sapporo City Jazz makes its way to Tokyo

Oct 24, 2013

Sapporo City Jazz makes its way to Tokyo

Japan’s top-notch jazz singers are heading to the Sapporo City Jazz festival this autumn, as part of the satellite events related to this year’s Tokyo Designers Week. The music event, now in its seventh year after launching in 2007 in Hokkaido’s capital, has grown ...

In the market for fresh local produce?

Oct 24, 2013

In the market for fresh local produce?

On Oct. 26 and 27, organizers of morning markets across the nation will be getting together in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, for the 18th National Morning Market Summit 2013 to discuss the future of their sector and exchange opinions on the latest trends. For the ...

Nuclear refugees struggle to share Olympic joy

Oct 19, 2013

Nuclear refugees struggle to share Olympic joy

While Tokyo Municipal Government officials were rubbing their hands with glee after winning the right to host the 2020 Olympics following their failed attempt to win the 2016 Games, it’s perhaps fair to say that not everyone in other parts of the country shared ...

Get beefed up and join the 100-meter BBQ

Oct 17, 2013

Get beefed up and join the 100-meter BBQ

This Saturday and Sunday the Narita Yume Bokujo Harvest Festival will feature its famous grill — totaling 100 meters in length — filled with sizzling meats. It’s the ranch’s 21st annual event, and you’re invited to experience barbecue in an big way. All kinds ...

Giant duck to make its return

Oct 10, 2013

Giant duck to make its return

A giant rubber duck will make a triumphant return to Osaka after having survived serious hardships including drowning and being stabbed during its global tour. The 10-meter-high inflatable bird, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, will be one of the main attractions at the ...

Flamenco fest marks relations with Spain

Oct 10, 2013

Flamenco fest marks relations with Spain

In October 1613, a small delegation of the Date domain left a Miyagi Prefecture port and traveled for more than a year across the Pacific and the Atlantic. They reached their destination, Spain, in December 1614, and the endeavor became the foundation of a ...

Oct 1, 2013

'Tankan' logs strong corporate optimism

In what figured to be the final push for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to go ahead with raising the consumption tax to 8 percent in April, the Bank of Japan's "tankan" report shows a sharp increase in business sentiment among manufacturers.

Students offer practical ideas to boost tourism

Sep 25, 2013

Students offer practical ideas to boost tourism

Creating a credit-card friendly market, providing round-the-clock public transportation and supporting travelers in multiple languages would go a long way toward increasing overseas visitors to Japan, international students advised the tourism ministry Wednesday. Speaking at the ministry’s first roundtable meeting of its kind, 12 ...