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 ...

Oct 7, 2007

Stepping into the alternate world of Japan

JAPAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: Shaman to Shinto, by Alan Macfarlane. Profile Books Ltd., 2007, 256 pp., £16.99 (cloth) Reviewed by MARIKO KATO “In many ways I was like Alice, that very assured and middle-class English girl, when she walked through the looking glass.” ...

Torture chamber

Sep 28, 2007

Torture chamber

Self-styled “hardcore chamber music group” Koch-Schutz-Studer come to Japan to take up a weeklong “residency” at Super-Deluxe in Roppongi, Tokyo on Oct. 1-7. The Swiss improvised electro-jazz trio are known for their radical juxtaposition of sounds, sequencing noises from unrecognizable sources across musical genres, ...

Sep 21, 2007

Touring German ensemble offer up brass from the past

German Brass, one of the world’s top brass ensembles, will tour Japan Sept. 23-28. Ten experienced players perform together in a unique combination, showing off their effortless synchronization perfected over more than three decades and entertaining the audience with a wide and varied repertoire. ...