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Magic Beach is bubbling over with music

by Magdalena Osumi

Awa Odori — Japan’s largest dance festival held in Tokushima Prefecture as part of Obon festivities in August — attracts more than a million tourists, who go to enjoy traditional Japanese folk dances. However, now there’s now a new kind of Awa festival gaining some popularity. “Awa,” which is the ...

Go dancing in the streets of Roppongi

Aug 21, 2014

Go dancing in the streets of Roppongi

by Florian Turgeon

Home to numerous shopping areas, nightclubs and bars, Roppongi is probably not the first place you would think off when you want to experience some traditional Japanese culture. But despite its reputation, the district has a traditional side and its own Obon holiday event. ...

Art from the margins of society

Aug 13, 2014

Art from the margins of society

by Masami Ito

A show of brilliant color combinations, unusual shapes and a creative use of materials, “Art as a Haven of Happiness” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum showcases the work of artists with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Free of any fixed ideas or concepts ...

Lighting the way for Obon

Aug 13, 2014

Lighting the way for Obon

by Masami Ito

Toro nagashi is a long-held Japanese tradition where candle-lit lanterns are released into rivers to guide the spirits of ancestors back to the other world during the Obon season. On Aug. 16, the Asakusa Toro Nagashi will see 2,500 lanterns set afloat on the ...

Feel the love in Ebisu

Jul 29, 2014

Feel the love in Ebisu

by Magdalena Osumi

Writing a love letter seems like an old-school romantic idea, but it’s still one of the few times that we express ourselves with abandon. The digital world may have replaced handwritten love letters with printed ones, but the custom endures and Love Letter Project ...

A midsummer night's dream of dance

Jul 29, 2014

A midsummer night's dream of dance

by Masami Ito

Looking out with expressive eyes, their fingertips delicately fluttering and their heads and hips swaying in unique angular movements, Balinese dancers have long enchanted people around the world, with their elegant and at times powerful performances. The annual Asagaya Bali Dance Festival, which takes ...

'Eco Edo' art aquarium is a different kettle of fish

Jul 29, 2014

'Eco Edo' art aquarium is a different kettle of fish

by Masami Ito

Japan loves goldfish, especially in the summer, during which festival goldfish-scooping games are always popular and yukata (light summer kimono) and hand-held fans often sport goldfish patterns. The delicate sound of the furin wind chimes and images of fish swimming in clear water evoke ...

Roppongi Hills cooks up ideas for kids

Jul 29, 2014

Roppongi Hills cooks up ideas for kids

by Magdalena Osumi

Cooking with others is a win-win situation. It not only can help foster family togetherness but it also teaches children that preparing food is not simply a chore, it’s a useful activity that can be fun. This summer, the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo ...

Winglet-ing it in Tokyo

Jul 25, 2014

Winglet-ing it in Tokyo

by Florian Turgeon

Are we humans looking at a future in which we won’t need to use our legs? It looks like it when you consider Toyota’s Winglet, Japan’s version of the Segway. The Winglet Challenge at Mega Web in Odaiba, Tokyo, offers visitors the chance to ...

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

Jul 24, 2014

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

by Sei Dickinson

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, ...