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Philippine Festival kicks off in Tokyo

Aug 28, 2014

Philippine Festival kicks off in Tokyo

by Magdalena Osumi

In the Philippines, every city and community regularly celebrate local fiestas, and on Aug. 30 and 31, Tokyo, the home of one of Japan’s largest Filipino communities, will host its own local festival at Ueno Park. Until last year, this annual festival was known ...

Learn about photography

Aug 28, 2014

Learn about photography

by Florian Turgeon

We live in a digital age that has made photography evermore accessible to everyone. The knowledge and skills that once made it a specialist industry are now, to a certain extent, replaced by automated digital means — it only takes the click of a ...

Shinjuku becomes a hub of student art

Aug 21, 2014

Shinjuku becomes a hub of student art

by Daisuke Kikuchi

If you’re interested in new art, but don’t have the time to visit dozens of small galleries, the Shinjuku Creators Festa 2014 is a good opportunity to discover up-and-coming artists, without traveling all over the metropolis. For 17 days from Aug. 22 through Sept. ...

Go dancing in the streets of Roppongi

Aug 21, 2014

Go dancing in the streets of Roppongi

by Florian Turgeon

Home to numerous shopping areas, nightclubs and bars, Roppongi is probably not the first place you would think off when you want to experience some traditional Japanese culture. But despite its reputation, the district has a traditional side and its own Obon holiday event. ...

Magic Beach is bubbling over with music

Aug 13, 2014

Magic Beach is bubbling over with music

by Magdalena Osumi

Awa Odori — Japan’s largest dance festival held in Tokushima Prefecture as part of Obon festivities in August — attracts more than a million tourists, who go to enjoy traditional Japanese folk dances. However, now there’s now a new kind of Awa festival gaining ...

Art from the margins of society

Aug 13, 2014

Art from the margins of society

by Masami Ito

A show of brilliant color combinations, unusual shapes and a creative use of materials, “Art as a Haven of Happiness” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum showcases the work of artists with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Free of any fixed ideas or concepts ...