Topics

Lighting the way for Obon

/ Aug 13, 2014

Lighting the way for Obon

by

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Interpets treats city animals

/ Jul 24, 2014

Interpets treats city animals

by

Japan is a paradise for pampered pets. There are dog manicure salons, dog spas, cat gourmet treats and many other ways to treat your furry friends. A trip to the nearest park will reveal plenty of owners walking dogs who are quite often dressed ...