Nonprofit group aims to help female students meet their potential

Aug 18, 2014

Nonprofit group aims to help female students meet their potential

Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Hanalabs is offering female college students in Japan a chance to advance their careers by devising solutions to social problems affecting communities in need of revitalization. One of the projects was launched in 2013 at the request of the Yokohama Municipal ...

Magic Beach is bubbling over with music

Aug 13, 2014

Magic Beach is bubbling over with music

Awa Odori — Japan’s largest dance festival held in Tokushima Prefecture as part of Obon festivities in August — attracts more than a million tourists, who go to enjoy traditional Japanese folk dances. However, now there’s now a new kind of Awa festival gaining ...

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 ...