Agon Shu prays for relief from natural disasters at Fire Rites Festival

Mar 25, 2020

Agon Shu prays for relief from natural disasters at Fire Rites Festival

French poet Francois Villon once asked, “Where are the snows of yesteryear?” as he pondered the evanescence of existence. The thousands of people who made their way along the winding mountain road to the Agon Shu Buddhist Association’s Fire Rites Festival on the morning ...

Beautiful island paradise home to water activities, mountain trails

Mar 13, 2020

Beautiful island paradise home to water activities, mountain trails

This is the third article in a Sea of Japan series, showcasing natural beauty spots, tourist attractions, conservation initiatives and the region's historical significance. On Tsushima island, the mountains don't stop until they reach the sea, their dense forests and craggy cliffs plunging straight down ...

Explore 10,000 years of Cultural practices

Mar 13, 2020

Explore 10,000 years of Cultural practices

Attracted to Japanese paintings like those of artist Katsushika Hokusai? Curious about ancient techniques for wooden architecture or the works of famous modern architects such as Kenzo Tange and Kengo Kuma? The Japan Cultural Expo, a series of art and cultural programs across Japan, will ...

Kyoto National Treasure: To Protect and Convey Japanese Treasure

Mar 13, 2020

Kyoto National Treasure: To Protect and Convey Japanese Treasure

Commemorating the reopening of Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, this exhibition showcases a collection of over 40 National Treasures, including paintings, sculptures, craft pieces, writings, archaeological artifacts and other historical items involved in Kyoto's history.

Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present

Mar 13, 2020

Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present

This unique exhibition will shed an entirely new light on Japanese art through a comparison of classic and contemporary artworks. Pre-20th century pieces including paintings, Buddhist statues, pottery and swords will be paired with artworks by eight contemporary artists in eight separate exhibition rooms.

KIMONO: Fashioning Identities

Mar 13, 2020

KIMONO: Fashioning Identities

The kimono — literally "something to wear" — is not only one of Japan's most iconic symbols, but also perhaps one of the most recognizable pieces of clothing in the world. A garment for all occasions, it is surprisingly utilitarian in its functionality.

Washoku: Nature and Culture in Japanese Cuisine

Mar 13, 2020

Washoku: Nature and Culture in Japanese Cuisine

Washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, has gained global recognition and popularity in recent years, especially after it was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013. This exhibition examines the allure of the quintessential Japanese cuisine from different perspectives.

Workshops give students chance to pitch sustainable products

Mar 10, 2020

Workshops give students chance to pitch sustainable products

On Feb. 19 and 20, throngs of people descended on Yokohama to attend the Sustainable Brands 2020 convention at Pacifico Yokohama. This year's convention centered on the notion of "Delivering the Good Life" and invited dozens of companies and hundreds of world-class speakers to explore ...

Stories of altruism woven into history of valued ‘Port of Humanity’

Mar 6, 2020

Stories of altruism woven into history of valued ‘Port of Humanity’

From the modern glass-and-steel facade of Tsuruga Station surrounded by traditional homes and storefronts to the European-style Red Brick Warehouse and occasional Russian signage, it's obvious at first glance that the city of Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture has seen many visitors from the wider ...