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Mark Jarnes
For Mark Jarnes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jun 17, 2011
French arts festival lifts any ennui in Yokohama
The relationship between Japan and France began in the early 17th century, when a Japanese ambassador and an accompanying samurai stopped off in Southern France on their way to Rome. They caused a stir with the locals. The infatuation must have been reciprocated because, 400 years later, Yokohama has...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / IN THE RECORD
Jun 16, 2011
Satoshi Otsuki
Tokyo-based DJ Satoshi Otsuki has been making waves in Japan's house and techno scene. He spun at the recent Big Beach Festival, and has played the main floor of almost every big club in the country. The Japan Times takes a look in his record bag.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jun 3, 2011
Yokohama marks the opening of its port with weekend party
Yokohama is a city steeped in its own distinct history, despite its proximity to the capital. The key difference between Yokohama and Tokyo historically, is the port, which was opened on June 2, 1859.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
May 27, 2011
Music group hopes to bring tranquility to Japan's shaken shores
Inner peace and happiness: Two things the nation needs plenty of in the months following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Come June, an international ensemble currently on tour will do its best to convey a message of merriment and tranquility.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
May 20, 2011
Surveying the waters of 2111
Coral reefs worldwide could face extinction by 2050, according to the World Resources Institute. At this rate, what will our oceans look like in 2111? An exhibition in Tokyo aims to shed light on an issue that could potentially see countless species, not to mention the 500 million people whose livelihoods...
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
May 13, 2011
Oita festival plays classics
The first Argentinian nisei, Seicho Arakaki, was born in 1911. Since then the number of those of Japanese descent in Argentina has grown to an estimated 32,000 people, according to Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad. A music festival in Kyushu this month will celebrate the past century with a...
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 22, 2011
Tradition goes on display at Yokohama fair
From ink prints to flower arrangements, Japanese handicrafts are renowned all around the world for an unmistakable blend of ancient customs with a dash of foreign-influenced flavor. This month, a festival in Yokohama will showcase a host of local artisans and their creations in a bid to support these...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / IN THE RECORD
Apr 15, 2011
Altz
A leading name on the local music indie circuit — having played Spring Love, SonarSound and Nagisa Music Festival in Tokyo earlier this month — DJ, producer and label owner Altz opens up his record bag.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 15, 2011
Drive through Kansai the old-fashioned way
OSAKA — 'One can learn new things by studying the past" is the motto behind a remarkable upcoming automobile extravaganza.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 8, 2011
'Gaspard et Lisa' celebrate 10 years of success in Japan
Since the March 11 quake, children — and their parents — in the Kanto region have had little to smile about. This exhibition in Yokohama might help remedy that.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 1, 2011
Yokohama to come alive with African culture
Since the March 11 earthquake struck the northeast of Japan, the country's immigration bureau says that more than 160,000 foreign residents have left the country seeking safer shores.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / IN THE RECORD
Apr 1, 2011
Iori Asano
Fresh off his release on Peter Van Hoesen's Time To Express label, Okinawa-based DJ and producer Iori Asano is riding high. The Japan Times sneaks a peek into his record bag.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Mar 22, 2011
Where were you when the 3/11 quake hit?
Shizuko Shokoku
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Mar 18, 2011
Japan's musicians show their hearts
A mid a flurry of cancellations of festivals and other concerts around the nation since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, there has been a growing number of domestic artists, labels and event organizers — both big and small — who are making use of their music to do what they can...
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Mar 11, 2011
Kyoto lights up during the spring hanatoro
I nternationally admired for the spring cherry blossoms and the cascade of scarlets, crimsons and cinnamon-colored leaves during autumn, the city of Kyoto needs little dressing up. Away from the treetops, though, the city still manages to put on a show with the illuminated nightscapes of the biannual...
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Mar 4, 2011
Osaka film fest goes global
Osaka may be known to connoisseurs and gluttons alike as the "kitchen of Japan," however a film festival in the third-largest city of the nation is doing all it can to portray a different picture.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Feb 11, 2011
Brazilian diva to give Tokyo a valentine
While most of the world celebrates Valentine's Day on Feb. 14, Brazil's version, which is known as Dia dos Namorados — literally, "the day of the enamored" — doesn't come around until June 12. But the lady known as the "Ella Fitzgerald of Brazil" evidently enjoys having the best of both worlds....
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 28, 2011
Sapporo's winter wonderland
Winter has been a treacherous affair overseas recently. The use of terms such as "snowmageddon" and "snowpocalypse" conjure up images of the worst the season has to offer. But while many in the West suffer from the stresses of snow, the city of Sapporo will revel in it.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jan 25, 2011
Can selling 'cool Japan' save the ailing economy and help avert a demographic disaster?
Hedinn Haroldsson
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 21, 2011
National Film Center holds French film fest
For many, new year is a time for reflection. A chance to look at the past with fond, albeit critical hindsight. A film festival in Tokyo is doing just that by ringing in 2011 with a retrospective look at French cinema from the last two decades.

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