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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 ...

Tokyo holds its very first Myanmar Festival

Nov 14, 2013

Tokyo holds its very first Myanmar Festival

by Magdalena Osumi

Although 2014 marks the 60th year since relations between Japan and Myanmar were established, for many, Myanmar’s culture and customs remain a mystery. This Sunday, however, you’ll get an opportunity to experience the Southeast Asian nation at a special festival in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. ...

Make and learn about miso from a master

Nov 7, 2013

Make and learn about miso from a master

by Jun Hongo

Miso, Japan’s traditional seasoning made from fermenting rice, soybeans and other flavorings, sounds like a cooking ingredient too complex to prepare yourself. But if you’re curious, on Nov. 9 you can learn how to make miso paste at a special event at the Gender ...

Waseda students teach you how to have fun

Oct 31, 2013

Waseda students teach you how to have fun

by Edan Corkill

University festivals are probably not the first place foreign residents in Japan would seek out entertainment, but as evidence of the existence — despite many reports to the contrary — of a certain joie de vivre among the nation’s young, they are hard to ...