UNESCO heritage list adds 33 Japanese festivals as single entry

Dec 1, 2016

UNESCO heritage list adds 33 Japanese festivals as single entry

Thirty-three traditional festivals from across Japan have been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the international body said. The festivals, most of which date back to the Edo Period (1603-1868), are held in 18 prefectures and feature parades involving floats made with traditional ...

Koenji's Awa Odori festival celebrates 60 years

Aug 25, 2016

Koenji's Awa Odori festival celebrates 60 years

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For the past few weeks, visitors and residents in Koenji have been haunted by a song — a plaintive, pentatonic melody that seems to circle endlessly, never quite resolving. You can hear it playing over speakers on the station platform just before the train ...

'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

May 2, 2016

'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

With “holy fire,” fireworks and night Mass, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus around 2,000 years ago. Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Easter in March, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar; Eastern Orthodox churches use the ...