Head to your local shrine or temple this new year

Lifestyle Dec 29, 2016

Head to your local shrine or temple this new year

The sounds of joya-no-kane, the traditional ringing of temple bells 108 times on New Year's Eve, will soon fill the air as Japan gets set for one of its biggest holidays. For those who haven't been here long, New Year's Eve in Japan is a ...

First sunrise of the year brings luck

Lifestyle Dec 29, 2016

First sunrise of the year brings luck

The sight of a sunrise is familiar to early risers. On New Year's Day the experience takes on a more special meaning — legend has it the sun goddess Amaterasu created this country after all. So Jan. 1 is the one day that people who ...

'Tomoko Konoike "Skin, Needle, Thread" '

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Dec 13, 2016

'Tomoko Konoike "Skin, Needle, Thread" '

Dec. 17-Feb. 12 Tomoko Konoike is renowned for her large-scale installations featuring contemporary interpretations of mythical motifs. Though she took a break after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, she recently returned to creating new pieces in collaboration with experts in anthropology, archeology, folklore and ...