May 5, 2015

Abe's cherry tree blooms in Moscow

A cherry tree that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe planted in Moscow two years ago has come into bloom. As a token of hoping to develop Japan-Russia relations, Abe planted the tree in a Japanese garden attached to the Russian Academy of Sciences when he ...

Asia enriches the Bard's work-in-progress

Nov 19, 2014

Asia enriches the Bard's work-in-progress

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Whatever would William Shakespeare make of it all if he were to journey now through Asia, where the interpretations of his works differ so much across vast regions, ethnic groups, cultures and languages? Since the 1990s, in the field of Shakespeare studies non-Anglophone productions ...

Where to sip on <em>sakura</em> this <em>hanami</em> season

Apr 1, 2014

Where to sip on sakura this hanami season


While sakura are definitely a beautiful sight, their subtle flavor can also be enjoyed in a cocktail. ANA Intercontinental Tokyo (1-12-33 Akasaka, Minato-ku; 03-3505-1111; in Akasaka is among the best places in the capital to find such a creation. The champagne bar on ...

Our guide to family <em>hanami</em> hot spots

| Mar 20, 2014

Our guide to family hanami hot spots


The transition from winter to summer is just beginning, and that means something magical is about to arrive: cherry-blossom season. As winter loosens its grip, delicate pastel petals push their way out of gnarled sakura-tree branches — an early indicator of the warmth that ...

It's not too late for <em>hanami</em>

May 3, 2013

It's not too late for hanami


This year’s sakura (cherry blossoms) took many people by surprise — especially in the Kanto region. Unusually warm weather in March hastened the peak of the blossoms by a couple of weeks, and by early April, when all the parties by and under the ...