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Drunken dance to hit Tokyo

Aug 26, 2011

Drunken dance to hit Tokyo

The Koenji district in the west of Tokyo is known for used-clothing stores and record shops — the perfect spot for any music lover to settle down in. Once a year, it becomes a hub for traditional culture when it hosts the Koenji Awaodori ...

Children's art depicts quake

Aug 19, 2011

Children's art depicts quake

More than 200 paintings, drawings and sculptures by students from elementary and high schools in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, will be on display in Tokyo at the Fukushima Kids Art Exhibition. The works help shed light on their experiences in dealing with the Great East ...

Aug 12, 2011

Hillsides of Kyoto to flame up with words

The world’s largest bonfires will illuminate the hillsides of Kyoto’s surrounding mountains Aug. 16 bringing this year’s Bon festival to a close. The Gozan no Okuribi, or ceremonial bonfires, are formed in the shapes of various Japanese characters. The most famous of these is ...

Hiroshima revamps its aquarium

Aug 5, 2011

Hiroshima revamps its aquarium

Plenty of rare marine species will debut at the re-opening of Hiroshima’s Miyajima Aquarium after three years of renovations. Aquarium spokespeople hope the new environment will be a more soothing and enjoyable experience. Visitors are now able to have more interaction with the animals, ...

Okinawa ropes in some fun

Jul 22, 2011

Okinawa ropes in some fun

The Yonabaru tug-of-war on July 31 will pit the city’s east side against its west in a competition that dates back some 400 years. The contest is the climax of the city’s summer festival, which takes place July 30-31. It is one of Japan’s ...

Get dolled up in Hiroshima

Jul 15, 2011

Get dolled up in Hiroshima

In an attempt to “popularize” their city, the Hiroshima Cosquerade Committee will be celebrating Japan’s cosplay (dressing up like manga and anime characters) culture by throwing their third convention. For those wanting to partake in more modern cultural Japanese events, or those who simply ...

Celebrated U.S. ballet to tour Japan

Jul 15, 2011

Celebrated U.S. ballet to tour Japan

Local audiences will have the chance to see premier ballet when the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and its international cast of dancers return to Japan this month. Critics say the ABT has come to define modern, American-style ballet on the international stage and it ...

Daring stunts feature at circus

Jul 8, 2011

Daring stunts feature at circus

Come one, come all to the 109th Kinoshita Circus, complete with lions, elephants and tremendous feats of daring. The circus, which happens annually and at venues around the country, is being held at the Shoko Center in Hiroshima until July 19. There will be ...