Giving thanks for Ainu culture

Jun 11, 2010

Giving thanks for Ainu culture

Ainu culture will be celebrated in Yokohama this weekend to commemorate June 6, 2008, the date when Japan’s government acknowledged the Ainu as indigenous people. Ainu come mainly from Hokkaido, but some also come from the northern regions of Tohoku. Currently, around 5,000 to ...

Rainbow 21

May 28, 2010

Rainbow 21

Around this time last year, music students at six universities were asked to consider what projects would best suit Suntory concert hall’s 2010 “Rainbow 21″ educational program. Each year only three projects survive a fierce selection process. This year’s winners are Toho Gakuen School ...

May 21, 2010

Art for free in beautiful Izu

Izukogen is a resort on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture that combines the attractions of Ippeiko Lake, mountains and the sea. Throughout May, though, it is adding to its appeal — and aiming to lure more new visitors — by hosting its 18th ...

Expo makes city your garden

Apr 16, 2010

Expo makes city your garden

As spring arrives, Tokyo’s tired workers might be able to find Eden this weekend. Or maybe create their own. Ten years ago, the International Garden and Greenery Exposition was held in Osaka and it fueled a gardening boom in Japan. This Saturday, Tokyo will ...

Earth event touts green life

Apr 16, 2010

Earth event touts green life

Your green persona might find some kindred spirits at Yoyogi Park this weekend. “Earth Day Tokyo 2010″ starts April 17, prior to the actual Earth Day on April 22. While the worldwide event’s objective is to increase awareness of environmental issues and help to ...

Acrobatic troupe flips in from China

Apr 2, 2010

Acrobatic troupe flips in from China

The China National Acrobatic Troupe is flipping and somersaulting across Japan, and they are bringing with them a young magician who has already wowed audiences in his home country. The 49 members of The China National Acrobatics Troupe started a grueling cross-country tour on ...

Luck of the Irish to parade across country

Mar 12, 2010

Luck of the Irish to parade across country

Celebrations for Ireland’s most famous holiday are gaining in popularity worldwide, and Japan is no exception. St. Patrick, who helped spread Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century, is the country’s patron saint. Legend has it that he died on March 17, so the ...

The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mar 5, 2010

The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

This year’s Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) concert in Japan marks one of the last chapters of their collaboration with current maestro Bertrand de Billy. Artistic director and chief conductor de Billy will leave his position this summer, according to the Vienna RSO. Cornelius ...