Reconnecting Japan's ancient cultural hub

Oct 4, 2016

Reconnecting Japan's ancient cultural hub

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“When I visited Todaiji Temple in Nara, just after I arrived as a Chinese student in Japan about 30 years ago, I felt somehow nostalgic as it had an atmosphere of old China,” says Cai Guo-Qiang, as he explains his work for Culture City ...

Museum displaying ancient Kitora tomb murals opens in Nara

Sep 25, 2016

Museum displaying ancient Kitora tomb murals opens in Nara

Murals from the ancient Kitora tomb, which dates from the late seventh to early eighth centuries, went on display in a new museum that opened Saturday. About 400 archaeology fans — selected by lot — were the first visitors allowed into the Kitora Kofun ...

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

Aug 28, 2016

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

The city of Gose in Nara Prefecture on Saturday set a new world record for nagashi somen — noodles flowing in water through a line of bamboo flumes — over a 3,317-meter (10,883-foot) stretch. The previous record holder was the commerce and industry association ...

Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

Jun 23, 2016

Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

A common sight at summer festivals is people crouched over pools trying in vain to catch goldfish with a paper scoop. If only they knew how to do it. “You need to level the poi (paper scoop) underwater and scoop the goldfish from the ...

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

Jun 22, 2016

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

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Naomi Kawase has always been an outlier in the Japanese film world, if a very successful one. Born and raised in Nara Prefecture, the site of Japan’s ancient capital, she started making documentaries while a student at the Osaka School of Photography in the ...

Mar 4, 2016

JW Marriott hotel to open in Nara in 2020

A luxury hotel run by Marriott International Inc. will open in the spring of 2020 in the ancient city of Nara, according to real estate developer Mori Trust Co. The JW Marriott Hotel Nara will be the first foreign luxury hotel in Nara Prefecture, ...