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Cinema underneath the stars

Jul 27, 2012

Cinema underneath the stars

Sometimes just looking at the ocean is enough to cool your body down on a hot summer night. Maybe that’s why this year’s Starlight Cinema event is taking on the theme: A Blue Oasis in the City. The Starlight Cinema is in its 13th ...

'Madagascar' director Darnell returns to complete his trilogy

Jul 27, 2012

'Madagascar' director Darnell returns to complete his trilogy

After a four-year wait, the third installment in DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” series will screen this summer in Japan. Opening Aug. 1, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” is directed by Eric Darnell, who also made the first two films. “In the first and the second ...

'Circus Circus — Welcome to the World of Dream !'

Jun 28, 2012

"Circus Circus — Welcome to the World of Dream !"

Kids used to dream of running away with the circus, drawn by the acrobats, animals and clowns, the bright costumes and traveling lifestyle. All that imagery is still associated with fun, even though there are few circuses in existence today. “Circus Circus” brings together ...

Get cool as summer moves in

Jun 8, 2012

Get cool as summer moves in

As summer approaches there’s a chance some people have already switched on their fans or air-conditioners, even though you can still build snowmen in Tokyo. This weekend, visitors to Ueno Park can enjoy a dusting of artificial snow and ice at the Tokyo Ice ...

Jun 1, 2012

Beer lovers to start summer with new brew

For beer lovers, this weekend could be considered the official kick-off to summer — or, patio season. The Great Japan Beer Festival, the biggest craft-beer festival in the country, starts from June 2 in Tokyo. But the capital city isn’t the only place getting ...