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Bright lights in our big cities

Dec 19, 2013

Bright lights in our big cities

by Magdalena Osumi

Christmas holiday lights can be quite the spectacle in towns and cities celebrating the festive season. And as the days get shorter and colder, they can often brighten the gloomy evenings of a frosty winter. Even though Japan doesn’t traditionally celebrate Christmas, it is ...

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 ...

Find art contained at affordable prices

Dec 12, 2013

Find art contained at affordable prices

by Mio Yamada

The Container, the freight-container-sized gallery in Nakameguro that has been impressively punching above its weight in Tokyo’s art scene since 2011, is taking its mantra of “art for everyone” one step further with its latest show. Described as “shamelessly” manufacturing and retailing contemporary art ...

Original gifts pop up in Harajuku

Dec 5, 2013

Original gifts pop up in Harajuku

by Mio Yamada

If you’re out of ideas for gifts this Christmas, photographic art specialists Subject Matter and creative agency UltraSuperNew’s Pop Up Gallery is worth a visit. Curated by Liezel Strauss, founder of Subject Matter Art & My Japan, items for sale range from limited-edition, framed ...

See 'Akira' in full aural capacity

Dec 5, 2013

See 'Akira' in full aural capacity

by Jun Hongo

Experience animation artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterworks in a way you’re unlikely to have done before. The Bakuon 2013 film event in Tokyo is showcasing various anime films by the renowned artist in a space with acoustics designed for music festivals. So, consider yourself warned ...

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 ...

A showcase of established and new film talent

Nov 21, 2013

A showcase of established and new film talent

by Jordan Sievers

Any cinephile that may have left the Tokyo International Film Festival feeling underwhelmed by its high-profile film showings can get their art-cinema fix at this often-underrated rival — Tokyo Filmex. This event is centered around a main competition featuring 10 films by both established ...

Bless your shoes not your socks

Nov 21, 2013

Bless your shoes not your socks

by Jun Hongo

Tamahime Inari Shrine in Taito Ward is hosting the 39th Kutsu no Megumi Matsuri (Shoe Blessing Festival) this weekend, for which local shoe makers will organize every shoe-related event imaginable, including memorial services for worn-out footwear and special bargain sales. Organizers of the event ...