Playing the 'hooligan'

| Jun 17, 2007

Playing the 'hooligan'

An explosive, shrill cry flies out of nowhere, filling the entire auditorium: “Matte imashita (I’ve been waiting for that)!” I say, my man, but do you mind please? Some of us are trying to soak up a bit of high culture here! A couple ...

May 11, 2007

Karuizawa tour offers luscious nature

Remember the last time that you heard birds singing over the din of the city’s hustle and bustle? With most of us living in Japan’s densely built-up areas, perhaps the closest you’re likely to get to hear a chirping sound is upon entering a ...

Japanese warm to real curries and more

Apr 22, 2007

Japanese warm to real curries and more

It’s happening all over the country: Gourmands are ripping apart freshly baked naan bread and using it to mop up fiery-colored curries containing wicked concoctions of true Indian spices. Yes, authentic Indian food is now widely available all over Japan. According to A.P.S. Mani, ...

Kyoto style comes to Edo

Apr 13, 2007

Kyoto style comes to Edo

Traditional Japanese dance forms are steeped in rules that often equal the number of dance moves that they consist of. But Kamigata-mai is different, as will be demonstrated at a free performance to be given on April 28 at Fukagawa Edo Museum’s Small Theater. ...

World Toy Museum brings out the otaku in you

Mar 23, 2007

World Toy Museum brings out the otaku in you

The World Toy Museum, situated in the resort town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, is currently holding an exhibition on model trains, “Amazing Model Train Exhibition 2007,” that will appeal to iron-horse enthusiasts young and old. The exhibition runs through June 18 (10 a.m. to ...

Kabuki exposed

Mar 16, 2007

Kabuki exposed

‘Kabuki for Everyone” at the National Theatre of Japan in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on March 28 will be a rare opportunity to discover the subtleties of this traditional art form in English. Experienced onnagata (female role) actor Ichimura Manjuro established “Kabuki for Everybody,” and ...

Mar 9, 2007

'Crying dragons' part of Yamanashi temple tour

Interested in Buddhist temples? Then sign up to a 2-hour tour — in English — given by the Yamanashi Interpreter and Guide Society (YIGS) of Zenko-ji Temple in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, on March 11. Kofu is 90 minutes by Limited Express from Shinjuku ...

Yoshiharu Habu: Japan's king of the board

| Jan 7, 2007

Yoshiharu Habu: Japan's king of the board

Yoshiharu Habu shocked the shogi (Japanese chess) world when, on Feb. 14, 1996, at the age of 25, he won his 7th title to become the only person in the history of the ancient board game to simultaneously possess all seven titles — Meijin, ...

Jan 7, 2007

Shogi: basics of the game

The board used in shogi is a grid of nine squares by nine squares. Each player starts with 20 wedge-shaped pieces, called koma, on which the name of the piece is inscribed in kanji (Chinese characters). The names and number of the pieces, in ...