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Hula into the long weekend

May 1, 2014

Hula into the long weekend

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Hawaiian culture experienced a bit of a boost recently as the denizens of Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku neighborhood began snacking on the U.S. island’s foods. Not to be outdone, Osaka will be hosting a three-day festival this weekend, which should get Golden Week off to ...

Swap carps for pinatas on Children's Day

May 1, 2014

Swap carps for pinatas on Children's Day

by Sang Woo Kim

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, ...

Apr 24, 2014

Yokohama discovery event heads to space

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Get learning during Golden Week at Kite, Mite, Hakken! (Come, Look, Discover!), which gives kids a chance to learn about the world around them. Interactive discovery booths will focus on environmental issues that involve lakes, the ocean and animals. Science-themed areas will aim to ...

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Apr 17, 2014

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

by Magdalena Osumi

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 ...