Art

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Kengo Kuma: A Lab for Materials

Among Kengo Kuma's innovative architectural ideas, he often promotes "makeru kenchiku" ("losing architecture") and "shizen na kenchiku" ("natural architecture"), both philosophies related to his belief that a building should not be a statement in itself but instead complement its surroundings and express an affinity ...

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Going beyond the traditional cherry blossom party

Going beyond the traditional cherry blossom party

The sakura zensen, the cherry blossom front whose advance across the country informs people when their favorite flower is set to bloom, has already passed through many urban areas. In Tokyo, Hibiya and Ueno parks and the areas near Meguro and Sumida rivers have long ...

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The 146th Miyako Odori

The 146th Miyako Odori

One of the most popular tourist attractions Kyoto has to offer is its community of geiko (geisha) and maiko (geisha apprentices), whom tourists relentlessly scour the streets looking for pictures. The women are much easier to catch at the Miyako Odori, however, a performance ...

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Iga Ueno Ninja Festa 2018

Iga Ueno Ninja Festa 2018

Ninjas have always been popular. They were a favorite with the feudal lords of Japan's past, stealth assassins capable of sabotage and espionage. Nowadays? Just look at how cool the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are! Though they may not have wanted to cross paths long ...

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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

The Kanto region seems to have passed that time of year when pale pink sakura (cherry blossoms) begin blooming everywhere. For those still looking for a flowery fix, though, fear not — the shibazakura (moss phlox) will make up for it. The carpets of bright ...