Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Apr 17, 2014

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

by Magdalena Osumi

Stories of Ooka Tadasuke (1677-1751) have been passed down through generations. He was also known as Ooka Echizen, the governor of the province of Echizen, which was located in present-day Fukui Prefecture. At that time, he served under the eighth Tokugawa shogun, Yoshimune. A ...

Edo River giant kite festival needs volunteers

Feb 26, 2014

Edo River giant kite festival needs volunteers

The annual festival for “odako,” or giant kites, flown will be held on May 3 and 5 along the banks of the Edo River in the city of Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture. The Odako-age Matsuri festival committee said the organizers are inviting participants to “embrace ...

Corporate chief takes to silver screen

Oct 3, 2013

Corporate chief takes to silver screen

Masahiro Yoshino, 66, who leads a media consulting company with some 100 employees, may have left it late, but his dream of breaking into the movies was finally realized when a recent film funded by his firm won recognition abroad. “Work in real life ...

Sep 19, 2013

Green festival to push 'stylish' conservation

by Jordan Sievers

Recycling doesn’t have to be unfashionable. In fact, the Tokai Eco Festa in Nagakute, Aichi, places emphasis on the theme of “eco-stye,” a continuing trend where fashion combines with environmental awareness. Patrons can visit more than 130 booths that feature clothes, art and handmade ...

Festival flea markets are a treat

Jun 28, 2013

Festival flea markets are a treat

by Natasha Vik

The Japanese have a knack for putting hard-to-describe feelings into words. A good example is the word “mottainai,” used when expressing regret over wasting a resource or opportunity. It’s an expression that’s getting good use recently, as society makes a push to be more ...

New Yorkers try traditional dance on Japan Day

May 14, 2013

New Yorkers try traditional dance on Japan Day

New Yorkers experienced a taste of Japanese culture Sunday by taking part in traditional “Awa odori” and “Bon odori” dance performances and putting on kabuki makeup at an annual Japan Day event in Central Park. Performers from the Home Island Project, a group from ...

Sculptors, fans converge on Kagoshima sand festival

May 3, 2013

Sculptors, fans converge on Kagoshima sand festival

An annual sand art festival opened Thursday on a beach in Kagoshima Prefecture, featuring an array of animal-shaped creations. An elephant, a whale and a unicorn are among around 100 sculptures produced by artists from Japan and abroad for the 11-day event on Fukiagehama ...