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Get the scoop on Edogawa's goldfish

Jul 20, 2012

Get the scoop on Edogawa's goldfish

The goldfish is a member of the carp family — some say it’s related to the Crucian carp, others the Prussian carp. They were originally discovered in China during the Jin Dynasty (265-420 CE), and the Chinese began selectively breeding them as exotic pets ...

It's music to children's ears

Jul 13, 2012

It's music to children's ears

“I got this idea from children,” said Japanese pianist Mayumi Tokugawa when asked about her upcoming performance — a collaborative effort involving poetry and music. “When we have concerts for children and we read out stories, they respond better,” she said, explaining that she ...

Model train buff brings out his toys for everyone

Jun 22, 2012

Model train buff brings out his toys for everyone

The term Shangri-La was coined by British author James Hilton in his novel “Lost Horizon,” referring to a mythical paradise in the Himalayas. Nobutaro Hara, however, found his utopia on a railway line. Hara is famous among model-train enthusiasts for being a supreme collector. ...

Sumida River to light up with LED fireflies

May 4, 2012

Sumida River to light up with LED fireflies

Japan isn’t a difficult place to live. If you want to eat Mexican food, there are Mexican restaurants. If you want to buy brand-name British clothes, there are shops and websites that deliver. So Tokyo Hotaru Festival asks the question: What does Tokyo, where ...

Apr 27, 2012

Fans experience the Web in real time at party

From Justin Bieber to Lana Del Rey, it seems the way to stardom now is via online video-sharing sites such as YouTube. Nico Nico Douga is Japan’s choice for video sharing. But it’s more than just cat videos — the site, operated by Niwango, ...

Multilingual art event hopes to educate

Apr 27, 2012

Multilingual art event hopes to educate

This weekend, the galleries of the Nihombashi district unite to host Tokyo Art & Antiques, an event that comprises tours and lectures for art lovers in a variety of languages. One of the highlights will be a gallery tour with a guide. For those ...

Party in the park celebrates Earth Day

Apr 20, 2012

Party in the park celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day celebrations have been held in different forms since 1970, but since April 22, 1990, the day has been an international affair. While some areas of Japan celebrated last month, Tokyo has a slew of activities that the whole family can take part ...