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'Eco Edo' art aquarium is a different kettle of fish

Jul 29, 2014

'Eco Edo' art aquarium is a different kettle of fish

by Masami Ito

Japan loves goldfish, especially in the summer, during which festival goldfish-scooping games are always popular and yukata (light summer kimono) and hand-held fans often sport goldfish patterns. The delicate sound of the furin wind chimes and images of fish swimming in clear water evoke ...

Roppongi Hills cooks up ideas for kids

Jul 29, 2014

Roppongi Hills cooks up ideas for kids

by Magdalena Osumi

Cooking with others is a win-win situation. It not only can help foster family togetherness but it also teaches children that preparing food is not simply a chore, it’s a useful activity that can be fun. This summer, the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo ...

Winglet-ing it in Tokyo

Jul 25, 2014

Winglet-ing it in Tokyo

by Florian Turgeon

Are we humans looking at a future in which we won’t need to use our legs? It looks like it when you consider Toyota’s Winglet, Japan’s version of the Segway. The Winglet Challenge at Mega Web in Odaiba, Tokyo, offers visitors the chance to ...

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

Jul 24, 2014

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

by Sei Dickinson

Japanese theater has gained a great deal of international recognition, so most people are likely familiar with kabuki or noh. Fewer, however, may have heard of Ryūkyū buyō — the traditional dance of Okinawa. On July 29 at Kioi Hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, ...

Interpets treats city animals

Jul 24, 2014

Interpets treats city animals

by Florian Turgeon

Japan is a paradise for pampered pets. There are dog manicure salons, dog spas, cat gourmet treats and many other ways to treat your furry friends. A trip to the nearest park will reveal plenty of owners walking dogs who are quite often dressed ...

Leadership is more than giving orders

Jul 18, 2014

Leadership is more than giving orders

Takahito Motegi, chief human-resource officer of BOLBOP Inc., is a former participant in the Nitobe Kokusai Juku public lectures. He established an association called Machi no Hokori (Pride of Community) after a Nitobe Kokusai Juku field study visit to Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture following ...