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Take to the sky this summer

Jul 18, 2013

Take to the sky this summer

by Magdalena Osumi

In my childhood, I used to dream about floating through the sky like Mary Poppins, but to do that would likely involve a big umbrella in a typhoon, which is not as appealing. It looks like Midtown Loves Summer (MLS), however, offers a good ...

Aqua art makes for fishy frames

Jul 11, 2013

Aqua art makes for fishy frames

by Natasha Vik

Some say beauty can get you far in life. That’s true this weekend, at least for our friends with fins. Plain goldfish are often relegated to being the cheap prizes in the kingyo-sukui (goldfish scooping) challenge popular at summer festivals and fairs. Their well-bred ...

Avant-garde NHK film to get rare screening

Jul 11, 2013

Avant-garde NHK film to get rare screening

by Tai Kawabata

In the early 1960s, Japan’s television industry harbored an experimental spirit that was free from restrictive institutional ideology. It was a time of hope according to Inuhiko Yomota, professor of film history at Meiji Gakuin University. An academic screening in Tokyo will offer a ...

Festival flea markets are a treat

Jun 28, 2013

Festival flea markets are a treat

by Natasha Vik

The Japanese have a knack for putting hard-to-describe feelings into words. A good example is the word “mottainai,” used when expressing regret over wasting a resource or opportunity. It’s an expression that’s getting good use recently, as society makes a push to be more ...

Christmas in June for Tokyo

Jun 14, 2013

Christmas in June for Tokyo

by Natasha Vik

Who hasn’t been caught in the Christmas-gift shopping rush, and found themselves wishing they could have had private access to Santa’s workshop instead? Substitute the North Pole for an increasingly warm Tokyo, and you might have the closest thing to a modern-day version: this ...

Sanno Festival features kendo, folk dancing

Jun 7, 2013

Sanno Festival features kendo, folk dancing

by Masaaki Kameda

Counted as one of the three biggest festivals in Edo, present-day Tokyo, the Sanno Festival kicks off its annual celebration Friday in the heart of the capital. The long-established festival at Hie Shrine in central Chiyoda Ward runs through June 17 featuring various traditional ...