Light up the night with a firefly festival

Jun 5, 2014

Light up the night with a firefly festival

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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

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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 ...

Swap carps for pinatas on Children's Day

May 1, 2014

Swap carps for pinatas on Children's Day

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Children’s Day in Japan is known for its koinobori (carp streamer) decorations, but perhaps this year you’d like to celebrate with a pinata instead. The annual Latin American festival Cinco de Mayo occurs on May 5, the same day as Children’s Day. This year, ...

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Apr 17, 2014

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

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Stories of Ooka Tadasuke (1677-1751) have been passed down through generations. He was also known as Ooka Echizen, the governor of the province of Echizen, which was located in present-day Fukui Prefecture. At that time, he served under the eighth Tokugawa shogun, Yoshimune. A ...

Edo River giant kite festival needs volunteers

Feb 26, 2014

Edo River giant kite festival needs volunteers

The annual festival for “odako,” or giant kites, flown will be held on May 3 and 5 along the banks of the Edo River in the city of Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture. The Odako-age Matsuri festival committee said the organizers are inviting participants to “embrace ...

Corporate chief takes to silver screen

Oct 3, 2013

Corporate chief takes to silver screen

Masahiro Yoshino, 66, who leads a media consulting company with some 100 employees, may have left it late, but his dream of breaking into the movies was finally realized when a recent film funded by his firm won recognition abroad. “Work in real life ...

Sep 19, 2013

Green festival to push 'stylish' conservation

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Recycling doesn’t have to be unfashionable. In fact, the Tokai Eco Festa in Nagakute, Aichi, places emphasis on the theme of “eco-stye,” a continuing trend where fashion combines with environmental awareness. Patrons can visit more than 130 booths that feature clothes, art and handmade ...

Festival flea markets are a treat

Jun 28, 2013

Festival flea markets are a treat

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The Japanese have a knack for putting hard-to-describe feelings into words. A good example is the word “mottainai,” used when expressing regret over wasting a resource or opportunity. It’s an expression that’s getting good use recently, as society makes a push to be more ...