Alyssa I. Smith

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Artisan Junichi Mitsubori presents his new art of <I>wagashi</I>

Feb 10, 2018

Artisan Junichi Mitsubori presents his new art of wagashi

A rapt audience watches in silence as a delicate confection in the shape of a flower blooms in the experienced hands of a wagashi master. Junichi Mitsubori, a third-generation wagashi (Japanese dessert) artisan hailing from Yokosuka City, Kanagawa, does not embellish his movements as ...

Twice and Daichi Miura among 10 debuts at this year's 'Kohaku'

Nov 16, 2017

Twice and Daichi Miura among 10 debuts at this year's 'Kohaku'

Pop outfits Little Glee Monster, Hey! Say! Jump and Twice will grace the stage for the first time at this year's "Kohaku Uta Gassen," with NHK appearing to court new viewers for its annual end-of-year musical extravaganza. Other artists making "Kohaku" debuts include singers Midori ...