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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, ...

Getting crafty in Yokohama

Jun 5, 2014

Getting crafty in Yokohama

by Magdalena Osumi

These days, stores and even markets are filled with cheap, manufactured and mass-produced products. It’s no wonder that there appears to be a bit of a rebellious demand for original handcrafted goods. This weekend, Yokohama hosts one of the biggest craft fairs in Japan, ...

Light up the night with a firefly festival

Jun 5, 2014

Light up the night with a firefly festival

by Sang Woo Kim

Fireflies, known as hotaru in Japan, have inspired numerous artists and writers, including Haruki Murakami, whose short story “Firefly” was later adapted into the first part of his best-seller “Norwegian Wood.” In the real world, however, fireflies are sadly in decline, as their natural ...

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 ...

Music to the guitar fan's ears

May 22, 2014

Music to the guitar fan's ears

by Daisuke Kikuchi

For those who gave up trying to be Jimi Hendrix long ago — this might encourage you to get that unused guitar back out of the closet. This weekend, nearly 100 guitar artisan shops are showcasing unique craft guitars at Tokyo Guitar Craft Fes. ...