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In the market for fresh local produce?

Oct 24, 2013

In the market for fresh local produce?

by Jun Hongo

On Oct. 26 and 27, organizers of morning markets across the nation will be getting together in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, for the 18th National Morning Market Summit 2013 to discuss the future of their sector and exchange opinions on the latest trends. For the ...

Giant duck to make its return

Oct 10, 2013

Giant duck to make its return

by Jun Hongo

A giant rubber duck will make a triumphant return to Osaka after having survived serious hardships including drowning and being stabbed during its global tour. The 10-meter-high inflatable bird, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, will be one of the main attractions at the ...

Oct 3, 2013

Nara college gets crafty

by Magdalena Osumi

Japanese arts and crafts often emphasize simple beauty. This weekend, Ohara Wafuku Gakuen College welcomes visitors to see this up close at its school market. Wood, clay, glass and Japanese lacquer craft works will all be on sale. Japan’s Traditional Art Craft Market in ...

German band to feature at Oktoberfest

Oct 3, 2013

German band to feature at Oktoberfest

by Tomoko Otake

In Japan, Oktoberfest tends to be a year-round celebration. Beer companies here will hold the traditional German party whenever they feel like a break. This month (or maybe we should say, this week) it’s Yokohama’s turn. Yokohama Oktoberfest, which has been held every year ...

Sep 19, 2013

Green festival to push 'stylish' conservation

by Jordan Sievers

Recycling doesn’t have to be unfashionable. In fact, the Tokai Eco Festa in Nagakute, Aichi, places emphasis on the theme of “eco-stye,” a continuing trend where fashion combines with environmental awareness. Patrons can visit more than 130 booths that feature clothes, art and handmade ...

Short films to get screen time in Sapporo

Sep 12, 2013

Short films to get screen time in Sapporo

by Kris Kosaka

The eighth annual Sapporo Short Fest received 3,746 submissions from 94 countries. Organizers have whittled that number down to 99 films that will screen during the competition. Featured directors for the Filmmaker’s program hail from Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Greece, South Korea and Japan. ...