Macedonian's one-man mission to build embassy

Oct 29, 2011

Macedonian's one-man mission to build embassy

by Mami Maruko

A Macedonian diplomat is on a mission to set up his country’s first embassy in Tokyo all by himself. “In the last 20 years, Macedonia started building its diplomatic network from scratch. It took some time before we had embassies in all European countries. ...

Longtime Kyoto resident relishes Irish music scene

Oct 29, 2011

Longtime Kyoto resident relishes Irish music scene

by Kris Kosaka

Jay Gregg, a resident of Kyoto since 1980, starts each day with a “bowl of matcha and a few tunes.” The music drifts through his living space, across his Kano School art collection, and brings back memories of his banjo-strumming university days at Colorado ...

| Oct 25, 2011

Top Tokyo haunts: five scary spots

by Lilly Fields

1) Sunshine 60 Build a massive shopping and entertainment complex in Ikebukuro (at one time the tallest building in Asia) on the very site where seven Japanese war criminals were executed and you are bound to piss off some ghosts. In fact, its construction ...

Briton aims to restore poets' peak to former glory

Oct 22, 2011

Briton aims to restore poets' peak to former glory

by Jane Singer

Nineteen university students and civic-minded Kyoto residents squat on a mountain pass on a cloudless afternoon in early October as a tall British poet, Stephen Gill, 58, reads from a collection of haiku. In British-inflected but fluent Japanese, he recites poems about this mountain, ...

The joy of <em>taiko</em> and cultural exchange

Oct 15, 2011

The joy of taiko and cultural exchange

by Gianni Simone

The booming noise coming up from the basement of the British School in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, is a more visceral version of the magic flute: It’s just impossible to resist its charm. You follow the deep, thumping beat down a flight of stairs and ...