Flash mob marriage proposals gaining popularity

Mar 19, 2016

Flash mob marriage proposals gaining popularity

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Flash mob marriage proposals are growing in popularity, especially among young people, with event planning agencies offering services from arranging dance lessons to providing dancers. Osaka-based Emotion Rise, which was launched about three years ago, is one such agency helping to organize flash mob ...

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

Feb 20, 2016

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

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A traditionally working-class neighborhood in Tokyo that rose from the ashes to become one of the city’s favorite retreats lies a stone’s throw east of the Sumida River across from Nihombashi. In the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district, where cafes and boutiques have cropped up like wild ...

Bringing Japanese folk dance into focus

Jan 30, 2016

Bringing Japanese folk dance into focus

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As with many cultures, before modernization the Japanese people relied heavily on agriculture, holding a spiritual affinity with and respecting the power of nature. Bountiful harvests were celebrated in festivities that played a significant role in community activities, and the distinctive folk rituals that ...