Yokohama to celebrate French culture

Jun 7, 2013

Yokohama to celebrate French culture

Interested in France? Head to Yokohama. The Institut Francais Yokohama, the Yokohama branch of the French government-sponsored culture and language centers, is turning Yokohama into all things French through July 15 for its annual Month of France in Yokohama. Started in 2005, the six-week-long ...

Electric fireflies to light up river

May 24, 2013

Electric fireflies to light up river

The Tokyo Hotaru Festival is back for a second round. This participatory art installation involves 100,000 blue LED light bulbs that will be floated down Tokyo’s Sumida River. It’s sponsored by a consortium of parties including the Sumida and Taito ward offices, local tourism ...

Walkathon will feature more than fitness

May 17, 2013

Walkathon will feature more than fitness

Here’s your chance to make a difference while staying fit and having fun. The Nagoya Walkathon — International Charity Festival will be held at Moricoro Park in the city of Nagakute, a suburb of Nagoya, this Sunday. Started in 1992 and sponsored by the ...

Outlook is rosy at 15th annual garden show

May 10, 2013

Outlook is rosy at 15th annual garden show

It’s that time of the year when things get rosy for flower lovers in Japan. The International Roses & Gardening Show, held annually at the Seibu Dome in Saitama Prefecture, will mark the 15th anniversary of its launch this year. To commemorate the occasion, ...

Rice planters put on a show for famed event

May 10, 2013

Rice planters put on a show for famed event

An annual rice-planting festival known as the Mibu no Hana Taue Matsuri will be held Saturday in Hiroshima, giving visitors a peek into the centuries-old popular ritual that was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2011. In the agricultural ritual, which ...

It's not too late for <em>hanami</em>

May 3, 2013

It's not too late for hanami

This year’s sakura (cherry blossoms) took many people by surprise — especially in the Kanto region. Unusually warm weather in March hastened the peak of the blossoms by a couple of weeks, and by early April, when all the parties by and under the ...