Chinatsu Yajima

For Chinatsu Yajima's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hitting Japan's best beaches

Travel Aug 4, 2016

Hitting Japan's best beaches

The summer is here. You've kept your New Year's resolution and stuck with that diet or new exercise regimen ... right? It doesn't matter. These beaches are so beautiful, nobody will be looking at the people. Usu Beach in Date, Hokkaido Usu doesn't get much ...

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jul 12, 2016

'Ben Shahn: From the Collection of Marunuma Art Park'

July 9-Sept. 25 Lithuanian-born American artist Ben Shahn is best known for his expression of radical, anti-authoritarian and individualistic ideas through works that depicted the political and social injustices of the 1930s. As a mixed-media artist, he experimented with illustration, graphic design, photography, murals and ...

Kasumi Arimura to star in NHK€'s 2017 drama

TV Jun 30, 2016

Kasumi Arimura to star in NHK€'s 2017 drama

Actress Kasumi Arimura on Thursday was selected for the lead role in an NHK drama titled "Hiyokko" that will be aired from April 2017. Arimura was chosen without an audition, with producer Hiroshi Kashi describing her as "an actress with the ability to play different ...

Music Jun 21, 2016

Kaela Kimura's 'Butterfly' voted the most popular wedding song in 2016

Pop singer Kaela Kimura's "Butterfly" has topped Oricon's top 10 list of the most popular wedding songs of 2016. The Tokyo native's 2009 smash hit beat singer-songwriter Masaharu Fukuyama's "Kazoku ni Narou Yo" ("Let's Become a Family") and Superfly's "Ai wo Komete Hanataba wo" ("Flowers ...

Music Jun 16, 2016

Summer Sonic unveils domestic collaborative acts

Summer Sonic on Thursday unveiled nine new domestic acts and a solo artist from China for its upcoming 2016 edition, including indie trio Cero and singer-songwriter Kazumi Nikaido, who is performing with the Gentle Forest Jazz Band. Chinese solo artist Leah Dou has also been ...