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See Japan's hand-crafted creativity under one roof

by Magdalena Osumi

Legend has it that the first Hakata ningyō (handmade clay Japanese clay figurines) were created to be presented to Kuroda Nagamasa, the then newly appointed feudal lord who served under Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Like Hakata dolls, the stories behind hand-crafted ornaments and goods make them that ...

Leadership is more than giving orders

Jul 18, 2014

Leadership is more than giving orders

Takahito Motegi, chief human-resource officer of BOLBOP Inc., is a former participant in the Nitobe Kokusai Juku public lectures. He established an association called Machi no Hokori (Pride of Community) after a Nitobe Kokusai Juku field study visit to Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture following ...

Television fun away from the couch

Jul 18, 2014

Television fun away from the couch

by Sei Dickinson

This summer, TV Asahi and Roppongi Hills are working together to get you off the sofa and into the sun while still enjoying some of your favorite television programs. This is the collaboration’s first grand-scale event, which is aimed at all ages and features ...

Visit Japan's prehistoric past

Jul 9, 2014

Visit Japan's prehistoric past

by Akira Okubo

It’s hard to imagine, but millions of years ago elephants roamed Japan. Although they died out long before civilization, Tokyo’s National Museum of Nature and Science can help us imagine these majestic creatures and other prehistoric mammals through a display of Japan-specific fossils. The ...

Get your kids into music

| Jul 2, 2014

Get your kids into music

by Magdalena Osumi

With so many pop and idol groups in Japan, classical music is often neglected when it comes to kids’ preferences in music. But, perhaps surprisingly, infants and toddlers have been found to respond just as positively to works such as Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” ...

Belgian beer, food and music

Jul 2, 2014

Belgian beer, food and music

by Sei Dickinson

Who doesn’t enjoy a frosty cold beer in the hot weather? This weekend you can drink to your heart’s content, while enjoying a little culture at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Yamashita Park. You may be surprised to hear that Belgium has more than ...

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

Jul 2, 2014

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

by Florian Turgeon

Contemporary dance has always pushed the boundaries of corporal expression by exploring themes that traditional dance genres and their movements have difficulty conveying. As one of the Month of France series of events organized by the Yokohama branch of the Institut Francais du Japon, ...

Battle it out in Shinshiro

Jul 2, 2014

Battle it out in Shinshiro

by Akira Okubo

During the Sengoku period (1482-1573), the Takeda family was one of the strongest clans in Japan, known in particular for its successful cavalry charges. Yet in 1575, it found itself up against something that rendered it powerless — the new western technology of firearms. ...