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A crafty idea for gift shopping

Dec 12, 2013

A crafty idea for gift shopping

by Magdalena Osumi

It is likely that at least once in our lifetimes we will receive a mundane or unsuitable Christmas gift. But at some point, we’ve also probably been the worst gift giver ourselves. The nearer Christmas gets, the more we panic and the more a ...

Xmas music for good causes

Dec 12, 2013

Xmas music for good causes

by Jun Hongo

Tohoku is still in dire need of support to help its recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. But it must be remembered that recovery is a slow process, and there are many who are also still struggling after the ...

Find art contained at affordable prices

Dec 12, 2013

Find art contained at affordable prices

by Mio Yamada

The Container, the freight-container-sized gallery in Nakameguro that has been impressively punching above its weight in Tokyo’s art scene since 2011, is taking its mantra of “art for everyone” one step further with its latest show. Described as “shamelessly” manufacturing and retailing contemporary art ...

Act on Handel's message of good will to all

Dec 5, 2013

Act on Handel's message of good will to all

by Magdalena Osumi

George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” premiered in Dublin in April 1742 and has since been performed in churches and concert halls worldwide, eventually becoming a popular Christmas tradition. A timeless Baroque oratorio, the work has become synonymous with the festive spirit of peace and love, ...

Original gifts pop up in Harajuku

Dec 5, 2013

Original gifts pop up in Harajuku

by Mio Yamada

If you’re out of ideas for gifts this Christmas, photographic art specialists Subject Matter and creative agency UltraSuperNew’s Pop Up Gallery is worth a visit. Curated by Liezel Strauss, founder of Subject Matter Art & My Japan, items for sale range from limited-edition, framed ...

See 'Akira' in full aural capacity

Dec 5, 2013

See 'Akira' in full aural capacity

by Jun Hongo

Experience animation artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterworks in a way you’re unlikely to have done before. The Bakuon 2013 film event in Tokyo is showcasing various anime films by the renowned artist in a space with acoustics designed for music festivals. So, consider yourself warned ...

Roppongi Hills shows that 'tis the season

Nov 28, 2013

Roppongi Hills shows that 'tis the season

by Magdalena Osumi

In Medieval times, farmers and tradesmen in Christian European countries would celebrate Advent — the anticipation of the “arrival of the Christ” — by meeting in the streets around churches with food, gifts, homemade crafts and singing. According to written records, the first gathering ...