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Mike Hamilton
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
May 27, 2011
European film festival expands outside Tokyo
After broadening the horizons of Japanese audiences for the past eight years, the EU Film Days festival is trying to broaden its audience.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 27, 2011
"Jun Igarashi: The Construction Of A State"
"Construction of a State" is award-winning architect Jun Igarashi's first solo show.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 26, 2011
"Invasion Prague 68: Josef Koudelka"
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of PhotographyCloses July 18
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 26, 2011
"French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art Through The Marcel Duchamp Prize"
Mori Art MuseumCloses August 28
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
May 20, 2011
Strawberry picking comes with postpick feast at Osaka farm
Japan's thirst for the nation's favorite red fruit is unabated with seasonal pick-your-own strawberry farms as popular as ever. Kansai's Kinishiwada Farm is entering its final week of peak strawberry season, which means it is your final chance this year to go and gorge yourself in all-you-can-eat fashion...
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
May 13, 2011
Walking group hopes the good weather will put a spring in your step
This weekend could be one of a few to really enjoy the sights of the city on foot before the rainy season arrives and is followed by one of Tokyo's notoriously sticky summers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 13, 2011
"Photographs of Children and War"
Bringing together a collection of photographs from an impressive lineup of Japanese and international individualistic photographers, this exhibition portrays how images of children during times of war have been used to provoke reaction and emotion in viewers. The range of documentation styles also offers...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 13, 2011
"Sharaku"
Toshusai Sharaku's active career lasted a mere 10 months sometime in the years of 1794-95. Despite this brevity, his work has been acclaimed for its minimal and abbreviated but stylistic appearance. The mystery behind Sharaku's true identity — which is still unknown — also continues to fascinate...
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 22, 2011
Tokyo's art scene opens up
You would be forgiven for thinking that Tokyo's art scene is only accessible to those with large wallets and gold cards. However, the Tokyo Art & Antiques festival — for a few days at least -- hopes to make the city's art scene accessible to everyone.
CULTURE / Music
Apr 22, 2011
Orchestra made homeless by quake
The earthquake that hit northeastern Japan last month sent ceilings crashing as far away as Muza Symphony Hall in Kawasaki, more than 300 km from its epicenter.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 22, 2011
'Artist File 2011'
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 15, 2011
Escaping the city center for mountains of fun and spring festivities
Mount Takao's close proximity to and easy access from central Tokyo makes it a popular green oasis to which many city folk escape on the weekends. It attracts some 2.6 million visitors every year, and this coming weekend should pull in the crowds, as Takao's Yakuoin Yukuji Temple will be seeing in the...
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 8, 2011
Nagoya adds tulips to the spring bouquet
Although some people will be relaxing under the cherry blossoms this weekend, others may be drawn to a ground-level attraction in Nagoya's Kiso Sansen Park, which is celebrating one of Holland's most attractive exports — the tulip.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 8, 2011
'GA House Project 2011'
GA Gallery
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 1, 2011
Celebrate spring with a French-style BBQ
Spring in Japan is a time to forget the winter blues and start to enjoy the warm weather and appreciate the cherry blossoms with a tradition known as hanami.

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