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 ...

Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

May 29, 2014

Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

One of Tokyo’s largest bookstores relaunched its foreign books section Thursday after doubling its capacity and offering what it says is the largest selection of non-Japanese titles available nationwide. The Takashimaya Times Square branch of Kinokuniya Co. near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo offers about ...

Take a country stroll in Kobe

May 22, 2014

Take a country stroll in Kobe

One of the best ways to improve overall health is to take at least 10,000 steps a day, but getting into the habit isn’t always so easy. Rokkosan Country House’s Two-Day Walk, an event hosted at a small farm at the top of Mount ...

Eat, drink and be merry at Manpaku festival

May 15, 2014

Eat, drink and be merry at Manpaku festival

A healthy appetite is all you’ll need to take to the Manpaku festival at the Green Culture Zone of the Showa Kinen Park (Tachikawa Park) in Tachikawa, western Tokyo. “Manpaku” is a play on the words “manpuku” (“enjoy food to the fullest) and “mankitsu ...

Message themes woven into songs by J-pop's Hart

| May 13, 2014

Message themes woven into songs by J-pop's Hart

Chris Hart’s appearance on “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” NHK’s annual New Year’s Eve music extravaganza last December, “became one of the two most memorable stages (of his career) so far,” he said in a recent interview. He appeared on the immensely popular program a few ...