Art

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Emile Galle: Collecting Nature

Inspired by botany and biology, Emile Galle (1846-1904), the symbolist and glass art pioneer, championed the use of natural organic forms drawn from nature, oceanography and sea ecology. By experimenting with technique, he created colorful and detailed works, usually with the central motifs of ...

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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 ...

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Fukiagehama Sand Festival

Fukiagehama Sand Festival

Fukiagehama Beach boasts Japan's longest stretch of sakyū (sand dunes), which is shared between three cities in Kagoshima Prefecture. One of those is Minamisatsuma, which also invites sand sculptors from here and abroad to take part in a sand-sculpting contest. Visitors can view their entries, ...

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Kamo River Summer Terrace

Kamo River Summer Terrace

In many cities, the start of summer means the opening of patios and al fresco dining. In Kyoto, it means the opening of the Kamo River terraces. Nearly 100 different establishments will open outdoor areas for patrons to enjoy. The stretches of terraces, which are ...

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Musikfest Nara 2018

Musikfest Nara 2018

When the almost monthlong Musikfest Nara starts on May 7, the prefecture's historical spots won't just be worth seeing, they'll be worth hearing. The 28-day event is set to feature around 250 music programs in 24 different municipalities. The opening day, for example, will feature ...