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For Maho Kawabe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

All-grrrl DJ collective touts a twee life

Oct 1, 2010

All-grrrl DJ collective touts a twee life

Shibuya is not a pretty place. In fact, Tokyo’s youth mecca can look downright grimy at times. But as with most eyesores, there are pockets of beauty and Sumire Taya owns one of them. Taya has an accessories store called Violet and Claire on ...

'Earth Celebration 2010: To Beat a Rhythm'

Aug 13, 2010

"Earth Celebration 2010: To Beat a Rhythm"

The summer festival giants of Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic and Rock in Japan are over, but the country’s festive spirit is still alive and kicking. “I think the audience for Earth Celebration is extremely special,” says event organizer Daniel Rosen. “Unlike Fuji Rock or ...

Feel the heat of Cuban beats

Aug 6, 2010

Feel the heat of Cuban beats

August’s heat can often leave you lethargic, but Havana Rakatan has a Cuban cure for the summertime blues. Passionate Cuban music and dance are bound to get you moving again when Havana Rakatan visits the Tokyo International Forum this weekend. Cuban music and dance ...

The BeSeTo of three worlds

Jun 25, 2010

The BeSeTo of three worlds

The roots of Japanese folk music are being brought back to life with a modern twist at the BeSeTo Theatre Festival. One of the festival’s programs is “Gya Tei Gya Tei — Ikumonoyo, Sarumonoyo,” which translates as “To those going, those going away.” It ...

Storytime at the zoo teaches, entertains

Jun 18, 2010

Storytime at the zoo teaches, entertains

Telling a story with a real message, a new installation at Ueno Zoo’s West Zoo Pocket exhibition space teaches children about the plight of endangered species. “World Report Exhibition — Ikimonoga Kieru by Mottainai Baasan” uses the title character of the book Mottainai Baasan ...