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 ...

Meat lovers get ready for a delicious festival

May 1, 2014

Meat lovers get ready for a delicious festival

Looking for a tasty way to beef up your protein needs? Try the Food Nations Meat Fes, which will be held in Tokyo’s Komazawa Olympic Park from May 2 to May 6. The meat of this culinary festival will consist of some high-quality delicacies ...

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Apr 17, 2014

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Stories of Ooka Tadasuke (1677-1751) have been passed down through generations. He was also known as Ooka Echizen, the governor of the province of Echizen, which was located in present-day Fukui Prefecture. At that time, he served under the eighth Tokugawa shogun, Yoshimune. A ...

This weekend, every dog can have its day

Apr 10, 2014

This weekend, every dog can have its day

Throughout history, dogs have played a key role in humans’ lives. In ancient times, some civilizations saw them as being linked to gods, others believed they could prevent death, and some saw their company as helpful in curing illnesses. Now regarded as pets, they ...