A crafty idea for gift shopping

Dec 12, 2013

A crafty idea for gift shopping

by Magdalena Osumi

It is likely that at least once in our lifetimes we will receive a mundane or unsuitable Christmas gift. But at some point, we’ve also probably been the worst gift giver ourselves. The nearer Christmas gets, the more we panic and the more a ...

Xmas music for good causes

Dec 12, 2013

Xmas music for good causes

by Jun Hongo

Tohoku is still in dire need of support to help its recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. But it must be remembered that recovery is a slow process, and there are many who are also still struggling after the ...

'The Snowman Fantasy World'

Dec 11, 2013

'The Snowman Fantasy World'

by Jordan Sievers

This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the animated version of Raymond Briggs’ popular children’s book “The Snowman.” Originally written in 1978, the picture book was adapted for the screen by Dianne Jackson in 1982, and it has since captivated audiences worldwide. The story ...

Roppongi Hills shows that 'tis the season

Nov 28, 2013

Roppongi Hills shows that 'tis the season

by Magdalena Osumi

In Medieval times, farmers and tradesmen in Christian European countries would celebrate Advent — the anticipation of the “arrival of the Christ” — by meeting in the streets around churches with food, gifts, homemade crafts and singing. According to written records, the first gathering ...

Kobe art museum gets into the spirit of Christmas

Nov 20, 2013

Kobe art museum gets into the spirit of Christmas

Christmas decorations representing 2013 were shown to the public Wednesday at a house museum in the historical Kitano district at the foot of Mount Rokko in Kobe. The display features a Santa Claus clambering up the tower at the Uroko Museum of Art, also ...

Emporiums target upscale spenders

Nov 3, 2013

Emporiums target upscale spenders

Department stores are stepping up their year-end sales campaigns in hopes of attracting high-spending customers emboldened by an upsurge in economic sentiment. In Tokyo, Sogo & Seibu Co. opened its year-end gift center at Seibu’s flagship store in the Ikebukuro district on Tuesday, while ...