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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” ...

Jun 26, 2014

Everyone's having a laugh in Kinokuniya

by Akira Okubo

Rakugo, a traditional form of comic storytelling in Japan, deals with anecdotes about human nature. Described as a “performance of imagination,” it is usually done on an empty stage with the artist kneeling on a large cushion and acting out the roles of all ...

Dancing the praises of a Hawaiian lifestyle

Jun 19, 2014

Dancing the praises of a Hawaiian lifestyle

by Sei Dickinson

Whether it’s the beautiful flowers, the music or the gentle moves that promise women a flat stomach, hula, the traditional dance of Hawaii, has found international appeal. Hula Lehua, a clothes brand bringing Hawaiian fashion to Japan, cashes in on the popularity of hula, ...

Follow design tips to the letter

Jun 12, 2014

Follow design tips to the letter

by Magdalena Osumi

Recently, letters of the alphabet have become popular decorations in interior design, whether as symbols of the homeowner’s inner thoughts or as simple motifs. They can add a modern and personal touch to a room, especially if hand-painted and self-designed — something that visitors ...

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

Jun 12, 2014

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

by Sei Dickinson

Now a recognized subsection of culture abroad, manga has attracted people from all around the world. What may be less well known, however, is another interesting part of Japanese culture — ball-jointed dolls and the artists who make them. Gallery parabolica-bis in Tokyo’s Yanagibashi, ...

Tokyo's bleep on the synthesizer fan's radar

Jun 5, 2014

Tokyo's bleep on the synthesizer fan's radar

by Florian Turgeon

Making electronic music can be incredibly intimidating for beginners: What’s the best hardware to buy? How do you use it? And all those cables! To give budding musicians a little guidance, this weekend’s Tokyo Festival of Modular at SuperDeluxe in Roppongi offers an opportunity ...

EU Film Days unfreezes movie options

May 30, 2014

EU Film Days unfreezes movie options

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Though it might not seem like it right now, films and animation other than “Frozen” do exist, and the EU Film Days 2014 festival could be a good way to explore some alternatives. This weekend, 30 films reflecting different cultural preferences in film aesthetics ...