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The Hyoge Matsuri

by Yuki Yamauchi

If you're in the vicinity of Shin Pond in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, this weekend, don't be alarmed if you're suddenly surrounded by a mischievous gang of goofballs. It's all part of the Hyoge Matsuri, a festival that is held in memory of a samurai named Yanobe Heiroku (1610-85), who saved locals ...

'Kuriki Tatsusuke: Retrospective'

/ Aug 18, 2015

'Kuriki Tatsusuke: Retrospective'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Aug. 28-Sept. 27 Described by critics as modern and intelligent, the work of Tatsusuke Kuriki (1943-2013) focuses on the form of ceramics in relation to their decorative potential and the restrictions of clay as a material. Unlike traditional pottery that often highlights imperfection as aesthetically beautiful, ...

Belgian beer, food and music

/ Jul 2, 2014

Belgian beer, food and music

by Sei Dickinson

Who doesn't enjoy a frosty cold beer in the hot weather? This weekend you can drink to your heart's content, while enjoying a little culture at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Yamashita Park. You may be surprised to hear that Belgium has more than 150 ...

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

/ Jul 2, 2014

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

by Florian Turgeon

Contemporary dance has always pushed the boundaries of corporal expression by exploring themes that traditional dance genres and their movements have difficulty conveying. As one of the Month of France series of events organized by the Yokohama branch of the Institut Francais du Japon, ...

Battle it out in Shinshiro

/ Jul 2, 2014

Battle it out in Shinshiro

by Akira Okubo

During the Sengoku period (1482-1573), the Takeda family was one of the strongest clans in Japan, known in particular for its successful cavalry charges. Yet in 1575, it found itself up against something that rendered it powerless — the new western technology of firearms. In ...