Let the kids get their hands on art

| Aug 8, 2015

Let the kids get their hands on art

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‘No, don’t touch!” These are probably the most infuriating words for young children to hear when they are being dragged around an art gallery by their parents. Their frustration is understandable. Often, they find themselves standing in front of an unimaginably eye-catching creation — ...

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

| Jun 13, 2015

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

When my parents were young, action movies were about gunslingers, sheriffs and saloons. For my in-laws in Osaka, however, cinema was more about swords and samurai. Usually set in the Edo Period (1603-1868), jidaigeki, or period dramas, follow the sagas and clashes of Japanese ...

Take a slow, deep dive into marine life

| Apr 11, 2015

Take a slow, deep dive into marine life

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Island nations have a unique relationship with the sea, and for Japan these connections often manifest themselves through its culture and cuisine. This can make an aquarium visit doubly interesting: Come for the fish, stay to watch the visitors as they admire each tank’s ...

Art is for everyone, including kids

| Mar 13, 2015

Art is for everyone, including kids

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Last fall, British artist Jake Chapman found a spectacular way to irritate arts-minded parents like me — all the while “coincidentally” generating controversy and interest in his latest show where there was previously none. Chapman is a shock merchant, so I should have realized ...

Brightening your holiday mood

| Dec 12, 2014

Brightening your holiday mood

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — well, that’s what the song says, anyway. For many, December is a flurry of tinsel, wrapping paper and anxiety, while for others it as a time to reflect on the year ahead. Yes, the Christmas ...

Don't be afraid to take the kids out

| Oct 10, 2014

Don't be afraid to take the kids out

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Autumn in Japan. The days grow shorter, the air grows cooler and two of my favorite events occur: The changing of the leaves and Halloween celebrations —the best American cultural export ever, as far as I’m concerned. Sure, the Japanese have incorporated a number ...