Yokohama Triennale 2014: Remembering the forgotten

Jul 31, 2014

Yokohama Triennale 2014: Remembering the forgotten

Noise. Speed. Words. Images. We live in a digital era, constantly exposed to a massive stream of information, which we believe is vital to our daily lives. Turn on the television and commentators warn us of the threats in the world. Turn on the ...

A midsummer night's dream of dance

Jul 29, 2014

A midsummer night's dream of dance

Looking out with expressive eyes, their fingertips delicately fluttering and their heads and hips swaying in unique angular movements, Balinese dancers have long enchanted people around the world, with their elegant and at times powerful performances. The annual Asagaya Bali Dance Festival, which takes ...

Patterns of fun at the National Museum of Modern Art

Jul 29, 2014

Patterns of fun at the National Museum of Modern Art

Whether lines, circles, squares, triangles or other shapes, in our daily lives, we are constantly surrounded by patterns and designs. “Patterns of Delight: Crafts Gallery for Kids + Adults” at The National Museum of Modern Art invites adults and children to explore such geometric ...

'Eco Edo' art aquarium is a different kettle of fish

Jul 29, 2014

'Eco Edo' art aquarium is a different kettle of fish

Japan loves goldfish, especially in the summer, during which festival goldfish-scooping games are always popular and yukata (light summer kimono) and hand-held fans often sport goldfish patterns. The delicate sound of the furin wind chimes and images of fish swimming in clear water evoke ...

Jun 26, 2014

Nursery staffer fractures boy's skull

A young boy was left with a fractured skull after being physically thrown out of a nursery classroom on June 13, a Kyoto city official said Thursday. A female employee threw the boy and two other 5-year-olds into the yard because they had been ...

Jun 24, 2014

Harassment rife in local assemblies

The sexist taunting of a female politician during a session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly is part of a long-running problem and victims often suffer in silence, some assembly members say.

Film sheds light on plight of left-behind parents

Apr 17, 2013

Film sheds light on plight of left-behind parents

Images of left-behind parents, holding up photos of their children, flash across the screen. In the United States, Canada, Europe and even Japan, these parents are waiting to reunite with offspring taken away by their estranged Japanese spouses. The documentary film “From The Shadows,” ...

Apr 13, 2013

Final Somali pirate slapped with 11-year term

The Tokyo District Court on Friday convicted a Somali national and sentenced him to 11 years imprisonment for attempting to hijack a Japan-operated oil tanker off the coast of Oman in March 2011. He is the last of four Somali men brought to Japan ...