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Luna Regalo serves up a flip

Sep 10, 2010

Luna Regalo serves up a flip

If you are thinking of going to a restaurant this weekend, why not take the opportunity to enjoy some acrobatics at the same time? Since April, Luna Regalo (Gift from the Moon) has been offering a unique and entertaining dining show to its customers. ...

'Exhibition of the History of Japanese Confectionary'

| Aug 27, 2010

'Exhibition of the History of Japanese Confectionary'

Toraya Gallery Closes Sept. 20 Although wagashi (Japanese confectionary) may seem unusual and very different from Western sweets, in fact it has a long history of being influenced by foreign foods. The Toraya gallery traces the transformation of wagashi by showcasing various kinds of ...

Kids' Festa entertains, teaches

Aug 13, 2010

Kids' Festa entertains, teaches

At the halfway mark for summer vacation, scholarly children (or parents) might start to worry about summer homework, such as research projects or picture diaries that have yet to be finished. Before you write a diary about playing video games every day, check out ...

Animation fest seeks peace

Aug 6, 2010

Animation fest seeks peace

Hiroshima plays host to various types of animated films from all over the world this weekend. Under the theme of “love and peace,” the 13th International Animation Festival starts the day after the country commemorates the Aug. 6, 1945, nuclear attack on the city. ...

Festa Summer Muza Kawasaki

Jul 23, 2010

Festa Summer Muza Kawasaki

Musicians will gather for the next month in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, with the goal of bringing classical music to listeners of all ages. The annual Festa Summer Muza Kawasaki will take place at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall from July 25 till Aug. 15. Tickets ...

Pupils from Paris to perform the classics

Jul 2, 2010

Pupils from Paris to perform the classics

The Paris Conservatory is sending its top young musicians to Tokyo for a debut performance. Despite its long-standing history dating back to the era of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this well-known music institution has been innovative while enshrining traditional styles and forms. Three groups are ...

'Watanabe Toyoshige: Playing with ONI'

| Jun 25, 2010

'Watanabe Toyoshige: Playing with ONI'

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura Closes Aug. 29 Demon, ogre, troll — in English, the Japanese oni has been given many names and is usually described as a mythical creature that is either malevolent or a punisher of bad deeds. For “Playing wih ...

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

Jun 18, 2010

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

Brass-section members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) are headed to the Kanto area next week. The CSO was established in 1891 and has a lineage of first-class conductors. The orchestra is now collaborating with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez and Riccardo ...