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Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

Jul 24, 2014

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

Japanese theater has gained a great deal of international recognition, so most people are likely familiar with kabuki or noh. Fewer, however, may have heard of Ryūkyū buyō — the traditional dance of Okinawa. On July 29 at Kioi Hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, ...

Television fun away from the couch

Jul 18, 2014

Television fun away from the couch

This summer, TV Asahi and Roppongi Hills are working together to get you off the sofa and into the sun while still enjoying some of your favorite television programs. This is the collaboration’s first grand-scale event, which is aimed at all ages and features ...

Jul 18, 2014

Have an animated summer adventure

When Monkey D. Luffy of the manga and anime “One Piece” screams out “I’m going to be a pirate king,” does it ever make you think to yourself, “I want to be a pirate king too”? Well now’s your chance. With more than 300 ...

Belgian beer, food and music

Jul 2, 2014

Belgian beer, food and music

Who doesn’t enjoy a frosty cold beer in the hot weather? This weekend you can drink to your heart’s content, while enjoying a little culture at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Yamashita Park. You may be surprised to hear that Belgium has more than ...

The science of keeping the kids entertained

Jun 26, 2014

The science of keeping the kids entertained

Summer vacation is just around the corner, and for those of you worried about keeping the little ones entertained, the planetarium at Hamagin Space Science Center has a number of kid-friendly events that should not only be fun, but also teach them about the ...

Dancing the praises of a Hawaiian lifestyle

Jun 19, 2014

Dancing the praises of a Hawaiian lifestyle

Whether it’s the beautiful flowers, the music or the gentle moves that promise women a flat stomach, hula, the traditional dance of Hawaii, has found international appeal. Hula Lehua, a clothes brand bringing Hawaiian fashion to Japan, cashes in on the popularity of hula, ...

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

Jun 12, 2014

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

Now a recognized subsection of culture abroad, manga has attracted people from all around the world. What may be less well known, however, is another interesting part of Japanese culture — ball-jointed dolls and the artists who make them. Gallery parabolica-bis in Tokyo’s Yanagibashi, ...