Magdalena Osumi

For Magdalena Osumi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Linking Japan, Ukraine via songs

| Jul 22, 2014

Linking Japan, Ukraine via songs

Nearly 20 years have passed since Nataliya Gudziy visited Japan for the first time, when she performed live with fellow members of the Ukrainian folk dance ensemble Chervona Kalyna, or Red Viburnum, named after Ukraine’s national symbol. In a series of concerts across Japan, ...

See Japan's hand-crafted creativity under one roof

Jul 18, 2014

See Japan's hand-crafted creativity under one roof

Legend has it that the first Hakata ningyō (handmade clay Japanese clay figurines) were created to be presented to Kuroda Nagamasa, the then newly appointed feudal lord who served under Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Like Hakata dolls, the stories behind hand-crafted ...

Yokohama hosts its largest dance festival

Jul 9, 2014

Yokohama hosts its largest dance festival

Dance in Japan has a long, rich history, dating back to ancient times when it was used as a form of prayer to the gods. Celebrating that varied background, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is this Sunday hosting what it boasts is one of Japan’s ...

Get your kids into music

| Jul 2, 2014

Get your kids into music

With so many pop and idol groups in Japan, classical music is often neglected when it comes to kids’ preferences in music. But, perhaps surprisingly, infants and toddlers have been found to respond just as positively to works such as Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” ...

Kuronuma continues life's symphony in Japan

| Jun 24, 2014

Kuronuma continues life's symphony in Japan

Having spent half a century of her life living abroad, mostly in Mexico, acclaimed violist Yuriko Kuronuma has returned to her homeland, where she continues to inspire many fans with her music. The 74-year-old has come to realize that Japan is where she wants ...

Yokohama's French connection

Jun 19, 2014

Yokohama's French connection

Around 150 years ago, silk traders from Lyon in France went all the way to Yokohama to buy silkworm eggs that they heard could resist an epidemic disease that was ravaging the French silk industry. Since then, the two cities have built a strong ...

Follow design tips to the letter

Jun 12, 2014

Follow design tips to the letter

Recently, letters of the alphabet have become popular decorations in interior design, whether as symbols of the homeowner’s inner thoughts or as simple motifs. They can add a modern and personal touch to a room, especially if hand-painted and self-designed — something that visitors ...

Getting crafty in Yokohama

Jun 5, 2014

Getting crafty in Yokohama

These days, stores and even markets are filled with cheap, manufactured and mass-produced products. It’s no wonder that there appears to be a bit of a rebellious demand for original handcrafted goods. This weekend, Yokohama hosts one of the biggest craft fairs in Japan, ...

Yokohama celebrates 155 years as a trade port

May 30, 2014

Yokohama celebrates 155 years as a trade port

It might surprise you to know that Yokohama was once a tiny village with less than 100 households living off farming and fishing. It wasn’t until the port opened to foreign trade in 1859 that it began to expand to become Japan’s second most ...