Midori Nishida

For Midori Nishida's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bringing Japanese folk dance into focus

Lifestyle Jan 30, 2016

Bringing Japanese folk dance into focus

As with many cultures, before modernization the Japanese people relied heavily on agriculture, holding a spiritual affinity with and respecting the power of nature. Bountiful harvests were celebrated in festivities that played a significant role in community activities, and the distinctive folk rituals that ...

Radiohead set to play new material at Summer Sonic

Music Jan 27, 2016

Radiohead set to play new material at Summer Sonic

Following the announcement of a new album in the works, Radiohead has been confirmed as one of this year's Summer Sonic headliners. Creativeman Productions made the announcement yesterday via the festival's official website and joining the band will be Underworld, Sakanaction, Fergie, Weezer, Two Door ...

Kyu Won Han's advice to new opera fans: immerse yourself

Music Jan 24, 2016

Kyu Won Han's advice to new opera fans: immerse yourself

Baritone Kyu Won Han says the best piece of advice he can give to opera newcomers is: read up. "When you go for the first time, you don't know what they're saying and you're too busy looking at the stage and the subtitles ... it's ...

Ditch the KFC and spend Christmas with JC

General Dec 10, 2015

Ditch the KFC and spend Christmas with JC

While a KFC bucket of wings and some strawberry cake may be a Japanese way to spend Christmas, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a more spiritual experience. Attending a Christmas mass or service can be especially comforting for those who are homesick, and ...

Review: Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Music Nov 10, 2015

Review: Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

The rainy weather last Sunday didn't stop throngs of concertgoers from attending the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival, a three-day concert produced by talent agency Asobisystem that focuses on pop music and Japanese culture. And like last year, non-Japanese music fans were allowed into the ...