UNESCO chief says Islamic State waging 'culture cleansing'

Jul 2, 2015

UNESCO chief says Islamic State waging 'culture cleansing'

The head of the U.N. cultural organisation on Wednesday called for a campaign against the “culture cleansing” being carried out by Islamic State jihadis. “Extremists don’t destroy heritage as a collateral damage, they target it systematically to strike societies at their core,” Irina Bokova ...

Apr 13, 2015

Seven envoys named to promote cultural exchanges with Japan

The central government has named seven individuals as envoys to promote cultural exchanges with other countries in fiscal 2015, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Monday. They include Kenichi Yoshida, a member of the Tsugaru shamisen duo called the Yoshida Brothers, and photographer Naoya Hatakeyama. ...

Cat cafes are catching on in Britain

Feb 25, 2015

Cat cafes are catching on in Britain

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Inspired by similar establishments in Japan but with an added English flair, London’s first cat cafe is doing a roaring trade providing traditional afternoon tea in feline company. Since opening last March, the cafe has been fully booked almost every day, and similar independent ...

Photographer documents Ainu life

Jan 20, 2015

Photographer documents Ainu life

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Taka Maesawa, a photographer from Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido, has published a photo book documenting the Ainu ethnic minority for more than 30 years since 1983. “I want people to know about the beautiful Ainu culture and the history of ethnic Ainu who have been discriminated ...

Jan 5, 2015

Foreign Ministry details 'Japan House' propaganda initiative

The Foreign Ministry plans to set up new cultural centers in London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo in fiscal 2016 to spread information on Japan’s culture, technology and diplomatic policies abroad. The facilities, called Japan House communication centers, are intended to promote Japanese culture ...

U.S. thaw: New life for Cuba's classic cars?

Dec 25, 2014

U.S. thaw: New life for Cuba's classic cars?

Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. When the brakes failed in his beautiful Frankenstein of a taxicab, Tio couldn’t work for ...

Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

Dec 16, 2014

Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, ...