Emmert shares beauty, power of noh dramas with a wider audience

Mar 24, 2012

Emmert shares beauty, power of noh dramas with a wider audience

Richard Emmert has endeavored for decades to share the beauty and power of noh with English-speaking audiences and performers through “English noh.” Emmert, a Tokyo resident of nearly 40 years and artistic director of an international English noh theater company, wants its members to ...

Sansei's pursuit of love overcomes distance

| Mar 13, 2012

Sansei's pursuit of love overcomes distance

Dale Araki is a third-generation Japanese-American who spent most of his childhood in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina before settling in San Francisco. It was there in 1977 that he first met Shoko, who was to become his future wife. They enrolled in ...

Culture ensnares Czech Japanophile

| Jan 31, 2012

Culture ensnares Czech Japanophile

Petr Holy, who over the past two decades has spent a considerable amount of his time learning the Japanese language and culture, is now in return trying to spread the culture of his home country, the Czech Republic, throughout Japan. As director of the ...

Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad

Jan 24, 2012

Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad

A Tokyo-based actors’ group working to spread Japanese folk culture abroad is now helping the Japanese-Brazilian community preserve the culture of their ancestors. Last year, the group Mari Mari set up a “Japanese Theater Delivery” program mainly for Japanese-Brazilian audiences in both Brazil and ...

Quake workers bolstered by training

Dec 27, 2011

Quake workers bolstered by training

Following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, staff members of the Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Tokyo English Life Line felt they needed to help not only the survivors, but also the volunteers, NGO and welfare workers who supported the hard-hit people in the ...

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

Dec 24, 2011

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, numerous volunteer organizations rushed to help the survivors with basic necessities like food and clothing. As the months passed, they found that the needs of the survivors were changing with time. A group named ...

NPOs give needy hope for future

| Dec 22, 2011

NPOs give needy hope for future

Many women and children in developing countries still have very few opportunities to receive an education and training, but Japanese nonprofit groups are working in nations such as Afghanistan and Cambodia to give them hope for the future. Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development ...

Pair's engagement blossomed in China

| Dec 6, 2011

Pair's engagement blossomed in China

Kazunobu Seto and his wife, Robin, met in his hometown of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, in 2004. Robin, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, was a teacher on a one-year contract at an English conversational school in Kanazawa. They met at a sports club they had both ...

Jose Alvares finds Portugal-Japan links

| Nov 29, 2011

Jose Alvares finds Portugal-Japan links

Jose Alvares has tried to “reconnect” the Portuguese and Japanese cultures over the last 43 years he has spent in Japan. The veteran researcher of Portuguese culture and history says it’s difficult to explain why he chose to live in Japan, but he was ...