Feel the love in Ebisu

Jul 29, 2014

Feel the love in Ebisu

Writing a love letter seems like an old-school romantic idea, but it’s still one of the few times that we express ourselves with abandon. The digital world may have replaced handwritten love letters with printed ones, but the custom endures and Love Letter Project ...

Roppongi Hills cooks up ideas for kids

Jul 29, 2014

Roppongi Hills cooks up ideas for kids

Cooking with others is a win-win situation. It not only can help foster family togetherness but it also teaches children that preparing food is not simply a chore, it’s a useful activity that can be fun. This summer, the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo ...

Japan Restaurant Week serves top gourmet

Jul 25, 2014

Japan Restaurant Week serves top gourmet

A romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant usually costs so much that people only go on extra special occasions, such as marriage proposals. But even if you’re not thinking of a life-changing celebration, now is a good time to take your partner out for ...

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 ...