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Art from the margins of society

/ Aug 13, 2014

Art from the margins of society

by Masami Ito

A show of brilliant color combinations, unusual shapes and a creative use of materials, "Art as a Haven of Happiness" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum showcases the work of artists with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Free of any fixed ideas or concepts ...

Lighting the way for Obon

/ Aug 13, 2014

Lighting the way for Obon

by Masami Ito

Toro nagashi is a long-held Japanese tradition where candle-lit lanterns are released into rivers to guide the spirits of ancestors back to the other world during the Obon season. On Aug. 16, the Asakusa Toro Nagashi will see 2,500 lanterns set afloat on the Sumida ...

Feel the love in Ebisu

/ Jul 29, 2014

Feel the love in Ebisu

by Magdalena Osumi

Writing a love letter seems like an old-school romantic idea, but it's still one of the few times that we express ourselves with abandon. The digital world may have replaced handwritten love letters with printed ones, but the custom endures and Love Letter Project ...

A midsummer night's dream of dance

/ Jul 29, 2014

A midsummer night's dream of dance

by Masami Ito

Looking out with expressive eyes, their fingertips delicately fluttering and their heads and hips swaying in unique angular movements, Balinese dancers have long enchanted people around the world, with their elegant and at times powerful performances. The annual Asagaya Bali Dance Festival, which takes place ...

Winglet-ing it in Tokyo

/ Jul 25, 2014

Winglet-ing it in Tokyo

by Florian Turgeon

Are we humans looking at a future in which we won't need to use our legs? It looks like it when you consider Toyota's Winglet, Japan's version of the Segway. The Winglet Challenge at Mega Web in Odaiba, Tokyo, offers visitors the chance to rest ...

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

/ Jul 24, 2014

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

by Sei Dickinson

Japanese theater has gained a great deal of international recognition, so most people are likely familiar with kabuki or noh. Fewer, however, may have heard of Ryūkyū buyō — the traditional dance of Okinawa. On July 29 at Kioi Hall in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, audiences ...