Yokohama to come alive with African culture

Apr 1, 2011

Yokohama to come alive with African culture

Since the March 11 earthquake struck the northeast of Japan, the country’s immigration bureau says that more than 160,000 foreign residents have left the country seeking safer shores. “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” says Edwin Matey Cofie, chairman of the African ...

Iori Asano

| Apr 1, 2011

Iori Asano

Fresh off his release on Peter Van Hoesen’s Time To Express label, Okinawa-based DJ and producer Iori Asano is riding high. The Japan Times sneaks a peek into his record bag. Golden Oldie: Manuel Gottsching — “E2-E4″ (Spalax Music). This release is the reason ...

Japan's musicians show their hearts

Mar 18, 2011

Japan's musicians show their hearts

A mid a flurry of cancellations of festivals and other concerts around the nation since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, there has been a growing number of domestic artists, labels and event organizers — both big and small — who are making ...

Kyoto lights up during the spring hanatoro

Mar 11, 2011

Kyoto lights up during the spring hanatoro

I nternationally admired for the spring cherry blossoms and the cascade of scarlets, crimsons and cinnamon-colored leaves during autumn, the city of Kyoto needs little dressing up. Away from the treetops, though, the city still manages to put on a show with the illuminated ...

Osaka film fest goes global

Mar 4, 2011

Osaka film fest goes global

Osaka may be known to connoisseurs and gluttons alike as the “kitchen of Japan,” however a film festival in the third-largest city of the nation is doing all it can to portray a different picture. The Osaka Asian Film Festival is an annual event ...

Brazilian diva to give Tokyo a valentine

Feb 11, 2011

Brazilian diva to give Tokyo a valentine

While most of the world celebrates Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, Brazil’s version, which is known as Dia dos Namorados — literally, “the day of the enamored” — doesn’t come around until June 12. But the lady known as the “Ella Fitzgerald of Brazil” ...

Jan 28, 2011

Sapporo's winter wonderland

Winter has been a treacherous affair overseas recently. The use of terms such as “snowmageddon” and “snowpocalypse” conjure up images of the worst the season has to offer. But while many in the West suffer from the stresses of snow, the city of Sapporo ...