Concert of 1,000 cellists looks set to raise the roof in Kobe

Jan 26, 2005

Concert of 1,000 cellists looks set to raise the roof in Kobe

World-famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich will conduct a concert for 1,000 cellos during a weeklong international cello convention in May in Kobe, which is currently commemorating the 10th anniversary of the devastating Great Hanshin Earthquake. With music by Charles Davidoff, Shigeaki Saegusa and a specially ...

| Jan 16, 2005

Water from everywhere, and so many drops to drink

Sure, water is tasty. Water is healthy. And recently, bottled water seems to have been deluging the shelves of Japan’s shops, as more people turn away from their taps and toward thirst-quenching labels from home and abroad. So, perhaps brand water’s moment has come, ...

PM's barber keeps 'Beethoven' top of the locks

| Dec 19, 2004

PM's barber keeps 'Beethoven' top of the locks

Tadashi Muragi is a 46-year-old Tokyo hairdresser with a 22-year career of scissor wielding already behind him. Clad in a clean white barber suit at his classically styled, five-seat shop, Muragi may look little different from others of his professional ilk — though the ...

At-home dads

Oct 31, 2004

At-home dads

Kazuyuki Yamamura is a tall, good-looking man in his 30s, who was also good at his job. In fact, not so long ago he bought a house for himself, his wife and their kindergarten-age daughter in a leafy suburb of Tokyo. Then, unexpectedly, his ...

Designs for life

Oct 20, 2004

Designs for life

Whether you regard Sir Terence Conran as an ambitious visionary or a restless control freak, the fact is that this 73-year-old English designer and “lifestyle guru” stays forever busy. He designs chairs, sofas and vases; restaurants, bars and cafes; apartment rooms and hotels. He ...

Cream-puff heaven is open to all

Sep 19, 2004

Cream-puff heaven is open to all

First it was Chinese dumplings that got the theme park treatment at Ikebukuro Gyoza Stadium in 2002. Then, last year, up popped Ice Cream City. So, what was to be this year’s gastronomic addition to the menu of attractions at Namco Namja Town in ...

Aug 22, 2004

Keeping it in the club

On Oct. 16 last year, Hans van der Lugt, a correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, telephoned the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry with a simple inquiry. All he wanted to know was the location of an open hearing being organized by the ...

Drop by and tune in to a world of music

Jul 18, 2004

Drop by and tune in to a world of music

This story is part of a package on university museums. To read the introduction, please click here. Pianos, pianos everywhere — but not a one to play. Step through the first-floor door of the Museum of Musical Instruments in Ekoda, Tokyo, and you will ...

Fears that falling voter turnout may 'threaten democracy'

Jul 4, 2004

Fears that falling voter turnout may 'threaten democracy'

“Are you only interested in Japan as far as sports are concerned?” asks a newspaper advertisement that has been running recently to alert people to the Upper House election July 11. In the advertisement, J. League soccer star Masashi Nakayama and the popular actress ...