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'Kuriki Tatsusuke: Retrospective'

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Aug. 28-Sept. 27 Described by critics as modern and intelligent, the work of Tatsusuke Kuriki (1943-2013) focuses on the form of ceramics in relation to their decorative potential and the restrictions of clay as a material. Unlike traditional pottery that often highlights imperfection as aesthetically beautiful, Kuriki’s works avoided cracks ...

Belgian beer, food and music

Jul 2, 2014

Belgian beer, food and music

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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

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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

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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. ...

Osaka's Aizen Festival begins

Jun 26, 2014

Osaka's Aizen Festival begins

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Even though it is mid-rainy season, the Aizen Festival anticipates the hot summer ahead with a parade of women wearing cool and attractive yukata (light kimono). As Osaka’s first summer festival of the year, this is held from June 30 to July 2 at ...

Yokohama's French connection

Jun 19, 2014

Yokohama's French connection

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Around 150 years ago, silk traders from Lyon in France went all the way to Yokohama to buy silkworm eggs that they heard could resist an epidemic disease that was ravaging the French silk industry. Since then, the two cities have built a strong ...

Royal purple surrounds majestic Mount Fuji

Jun 19, 2014

Royal purple surrounds majestic Mount Fuji

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Among the photo opportunities featuring Mount Fuji, there’s one that shouldn’t be missed: The majestic icon towering behind Lake Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture, with a bed of vibrant purple lavender in the foreground. From spring to fall, Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the Fuji Five ...