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Serbian ensemble tells tales through dance

/ Feb 26, 2010

Serbian ensemble tells tales through dance

The rhythm was born out of the dancers’ steps, their cries and even their gold necklaces. With that rhythm, they told a folk tale. On Feb. 11, the Serbian National Ensemble Kolo folk dancers performed at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo. ...

Opera singer Werba shows love of Lieder

/ Feb 19, 2010

Opera singer Werba shows love of Lieder

Markus Werba’s love of Lieder (songs composed to German poetry), has had him likened to an extinct creature. Therefore the opera singer’s “Liederabend” (Evening of Songs) at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall could be a rare chance to hear a passionate performance of the 19th Century ...

Tolman Collection holds art clearance sale

/ Feb 12, 2010

Tolman Collection holds art clearance sale

Some people might be interested in buying artwork, but hefty price tags can often scare them away. The Tolman Collection in Tokyo might alleviate this fear with a clearance sale of sorts. Recognized as the largest publisher in contemporary graphic art, the gallery opened ...

Shrine offers up rare porridge

/ Feb 5, 2010

Shrine offers up rare porridge

If you are in the Kyoto or Kansai area and missed the chance to have nanakusagayu (seven-herb porridge) on the seventh day of the new year, Jonangu Shrine should be your main destination on Japan’s National Foundation holiday.Traditionally, Japanese people eat the rice porridge ...

January goes out like a lion

/ Jan 22, 2010

January goes out like a lion

Japan’s lion dances, and there are about 7,800 of them, all have their own style but the purpose is mainly the same. The shishi (lion) dances act as a prayer to ward off evil spirits.The National Theater will host five sacred shishi performances from ...

Seasonal skating with a green mind

/ Jan 15, 2010

Seasonal skating with a green mind

If you are searching for family fun during the winter, several skating spots have opened across Japan.What’s more, many of them are striving to be environmentally conscious. The Volkswagen skating rink opened Jan. 5 in Tokyo Midtown. This 800-meter-long outdoor rink will be operated ...

Exhibit on the Orient Express

/ Jan 15, 2010

Exhibit on the Orient Express

Hakone’s Lalique Museum is showing Rene Lalique’s glass works in an interesting gallery — the famed Orient Express. The Orient Express was made famous by British author Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel “Murder on the Orient Express.” Lalique (1860-1945) is a well-known glass designer and ...