Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad

Jan 24, 2012

Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad

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A Tokyo-based actors' group working to spread Japanese folk culture abroad is now helping the Japanese-Brazilian community preserve the culture of their ancestors. Last year, the group Mari Mari set up a "Japanese Theater Delivery" program mainly for Japanese-Brazilian audiences in both Brazil and Japan ...

Aussie takes slippery slope to Hokkaido

Jan 21, 2012

Aussie takes slippery slope to Hokkaido

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Matt Dening, 44, grew up on sunshine in a small beach town south of Sydney. Like most Australian youths, Dening played "all the regular sports — swimming, cricket, rugby — but not really well." "I never had one sport I was completely interested in, but ...

Market network helps community bounce back

Jan 7, 2012

Market network helps community bounce back

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On a bright, warm late November day, an open-air market hums with activity. Children dart among strolling tourists, vendors cry out their wares to visitors and locals alike, who are looking to stock up on produce, cheap clothes and handicrafts from around the country. There's ...

2011: a year of disaster in quotes

| Dec 27, 2011

2011: a year of disaster in quotes

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This year produced more than its share of memorable quotes, many of which were inspired by the March 11 disaster and its aftermath. But figures from other fields, from sports to entertainment, also said things worth repeating. Here is a sampling, in chronological order: Bouts ...

Quake workers bolstered by training

Dec 27, 2011

Quake workers bolstered by training

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Following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, staff members of the Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Tokyo English Life Line felt they needed to help not only the survivors, but also the volunteers, NGO and welfare workers who supported the hard-hit people in the ...

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

Dec 24, 2011

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

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When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, numerous volunteer organizations rushed to help the survivors with basic necessities like food and clothing. As the months passed, they found that the needs of the survivors were changing with time. A group named Ganbaranba has ...