Shibuya shines in summertime Bon dance festival

Jul 31, 2015

Shibuya shines in summertime Bon dance festival

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International students and workers in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward slipped into yukata summer kimono and enjoyed traditional folk dancing Friday during the district’s second annual summer festival. Held at a Shibuya hotel, the dance event aims to promote international exchanges as well as Japanese culture ...

Diva Conchita Wurst meets quietly with Shibuya Ward mayor

Jul 10, 2015

Diva Conchita Wurst meets quietly with Shibuya Ward mayor

Cross-dressing Austrian diva Conchita Wurst, in Tokyo to promote her album “Conchita,” had a low-key meeting with the mayor of Shibuya Ward, which is set to become the first Japanese municipality to recognize same-sex partnership. But Thursday’s event with Mayor Ken Hasebe, which could ...

Rainbow parade celebrates LGBT equality push

Apr 26, 2015

Rainbow parade celebrates LGBT equality push

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Some 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people paraded through Tokyo’s Shibuya district Sunday afternoon to demonstrate their hope that Japanese society will continue to forge ahead with recent moves to embrace equality and diversity. In a nation where prejudice against sexual minorities persists, ...

Social media wrap-up: The day Taco Bell returned to Japan

Apr 22, 2015

Social media wrap-up: The day Taco Bell returned to Japan

After Taco Bell's brief presence in Japan in the 1980s, the U.S.-based chain exited the market (with the exception of outlets on U.S. military bases). To the delight of fans of fast-food Tex Mex, it was announced in February 2015 that Taco Bell would ...