Jan 4, 2008

Top tango couples dance into a city near you

The world’s top tango dancers will put on a spectacular show throughout Japan in Tango Dance Premium from Jan. 20-Mar. 31. With no fewer than 55 performances at 45 venues, the five winning couples of the annual Tango Dance World Championship will indulge audiences ...

Need something to read in the new year?

Dec 30, 2007

Need something to read in the new year?

THE BLUE-EYED SALARYMAN: From World Traveler to Lifer at Mitsubishi, by Niall Murtagh (Profile Books) This witty, real-life story follows the fate of a bemused ex-backpacker Irishman who finds himself settling down as a lifer at one of the largest and most conservative Japanese ...

Harlem Gospel Choir

Dec 7, 2007

Harlem Gospel Choir

Hail the festive season in true gospel style this year with the joyous sounds of Harlem Gospel Choir. The world-famous troupe from New York’s Harlem district returns to Japan for the fifth time from Dec. 13-23 and promises an exultant performance of hand-clapping and ...

A whale of a Christmas season

Nov 23, 2007

A whale of a Christmas season

This Christmas season, Kanto residents can give their children a special aquatic treat at Kamogawa Sea World. To put visitors in the festive mood, the front square there has been adorned since the beginning of November with aquatic-themed illuminations using around 25,000 light bulbs ...

Kids lead you to Oz

Nov 9, 2007

Kids lead you to Oz

Tokyo Theatre for Children will perform “The Magical Land of Oz” in Tokyo on Nov. 16-18. The musical is a quirky interpretation of the all-time classic story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by American writer L. Frank Baum. The show, created by Tim ...

Shizuoka welcomes street performers' World Cup

Nov 2, 2007

Shizuoka welcomes street performers' World Cup

World-class street performers descend on Shizuoka Prefecture for the annual Daidogei World Cup this week. Fourteen groups, who have survived a rigorous selection process, will compete for the 16th championship title. The talent is varied and collected from all corners of the globe, including ...

Halloween in Tokyo

Oct 26, 2007

Halloween in Tokyo

For those looking to entertain excited kids this Halloween, Roppongi Hills hosts its annual seasonal bonanza on Oct. 27-31. The Halloween Parade kicks off at the Roppongi Hills Arena on Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Go dressed up as a pumpkin, witch, ...

Pop goes Celtic

Oct 19, 2007

Pop goes Celtic

Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman are touring Japan in late November and early December. Often referred to as “Riverdance for the voice,” the group have a strong fan base in Japan. Comprising five Irish female artists — four vocalists and a violinist — Celtic ...

Glenn Miller Orchestra brings a touch of brass

Oct 12, 2007

Glenn Miller Orchestra brings a touch of brass

The Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to Japan for a national tour starting Nov. 19 that includes performances in Tokyo, Hokkaido, Osaka and Fukuoka. Originally formed in 1937, the Glenn Miller Orchestra was created by swing-era bandleader Glenn Miller. As one of the leading representatives ...

Oct 12, 2007

Delta Lady Coolidge still captivating crowds at 62

World-famous singer Rita Coolidge performs in Tokyo and Nagoya Oct. 14-20. Coolidge’s versatile voice, ranging from the clear to the sultry, has captivated audiences in genres including country, folk, pop, rock and R&B for nearly four decades. Starting her career as backing vocalist for ...