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For Eriko Arita's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 3, 2021
Nuclear power nonprofit in Japan struggling to retain English newsletter
The Citizens' Nuclear Information Center based in Tokyo has published the free bimonthly Nuke Info Tokyo newsletter since 1987.
Japan Times
CULTURE
Jan 14, 2021
Coronavirus rains on Tokyo's samba parade
Having canceled 2020's Asakusa Samba Carnival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have now scrapped the 2021 iteration, more than six months before it was due to be held.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Emperor's Enthronement
Oct 22, 2019
Old friend casts light on Emperor Naruhito as a young man
Meeting Emperor Naruhito in person is a limited opportunity for regular people, a majority of whom have only seen his solemn expression at ceremonies or gentle smile at receptions. However, Andrew B. Arkley, an old friend and schoolmate, has shed some light on the emperor's natural self to The Japan Times, including his friendliness and nickname in high school.
Japan Times
Special Supplements / Emperor Naruhito’s Ascension
May 1, 2019
A lifelong passion for water studies
Emperor Naruhito, who ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday following the abdication of his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito on Tuesday, is the first emperor who has studied outside Japan. He is known for his wide range of interests in foreign countries and also for his compassionate personality.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 11, 2019
Municipalities launch multilingual services for crises
The eighth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 is a good opportunity to learn disaster preparedness measures. Understanding how to obtain emergency information from reliable sources, such as local governments, is a good first step.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Aug 29, 2013
Latin music event includes Cuban ensembles and dancers
Smooth grooves will take the spotlight at a Latin music festival in Tokyo this weekend, which brings three popular Latin American acts to Japan for the Animate! event.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Jun 26, 2013
Disaster-relief volunteer networks are essential
Takashi Yamamoto, 42, president of Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center, is Japan's leading expert on volunteer disaster-relief activities. In 1995, when he was a staffer of the educational cruise ship Peace Boat, Yamamoto began working on disaster relief for Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of Jan. 17 that year. He went on to help provide relief in disaster-hit areas overseas, including in Sri Lanka and China.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Mar 15, 2013
Jazz Week Tokyo pairs Pink Martini with Saori Yuki
Coming out of winter lineups are beginning to be announced for the many summer festivals, but music is always in the air and next week those sounds will be jazz.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Mar 8, 2013
Chinese acrobatic antics will captivate and thrill
Humans performing seemingly superhuman feats with style and panache: that's the story of the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe in a nutshell.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Feb 22, 2013
'Grotesque' organist hits town
Organist Cameron Carpenter, known for his wild performances and appearance, plays the organ like no one else — hitting the keys with frantic energy and a rockstar-like attitude.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 21, 2013
The nations that make it easier for bands to leap overseas
At the end of last November, a flock of Canadians descended on concert venue Duo Music Exchange in Tokyo's bustling Shibuya district. It wasn't an attack of any sort; the Canuck invasion was only peppered with spirited calls to "Clap with us!"
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Feb 15, 2013
Osaka restaurants revisit award-winning dishes
Over the next month, Osaka restaurants will start preparing some award-winning dishes to serve up to lucky diners.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 24, 2013
Mountain retreat hosts a bevy of outdoor ice sculptures through January
Visitors have the chance to see dozens of ice sculptures created by artists from across Japan at the ninth "Rokkosan Kori no Saiten" ("Mount Rokko Ice Festival") being held at Rokko Garden Terrace.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Jan 17, 2013
Tango orchestra to tour country
A renowned Argentine tango orchestra and dancers will bring their passion for the art to audiences in more than 30 cities across Japan through March.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 10, 2013
Wasabi takes old sounds to a young audience
The members of Wasabi, a quartet who plays traditional Japanese instruments, are all used to fans and the politics of backstage meet-and-greets. However, they were surprised to see one particular fan after a recent 11 a.m. performance at a high school in Nara.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Dec 28, 2012
Tokyo to be packed with nontraditional parties
Not interested in a traditional Japanese New Year's Eve? I've often spent my countdowns in the salsa-music dance clubs of the Roppongi district in Tokyo.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Dec 21, 2012
Osaka lights up for the holidays
The downtown area of Osaka is currently aglow with a variety of lights for the holidays, to the delight of couples and photographers.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Dec 14, 2012
View waves from a new vantage
American photographer Clark Little gives nonsurfers a chance to see what they're missing in a series of pictures he is showing at the "Clark Little Photo Exhibition" in Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 13, 2012
Nuclear risks not bound by borders
One of the key issues in Sunday's Lower House election is the future of Japan's 50 commercial nuclear reactors, all but two of which remain off line in light of the Fukushima disaster.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Dec 7, 2012
Geisha to perform yearly dance
It may be a bit touristy to hunt for geisha in Kyoto, but head to Fukuoka and they're there for all to see.

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