Groups raise money for Greek wildfire relief

Life | EVENTS AND INFORMATION Dec 17, 2021

Groups raise money for Greek wildfire relief

The Japan-Greece Society, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, has partnered with the city of Misato, Saitama Prefecture, and the Japanese participants of the Spartathlon ultramarathon to help raise relief money for Greece. The drive, which took place between Sept. 6 and Oct. ...

Refinement, artistry of swords

Life | EVENTS AND INFORMATION Oct 23, 2020

Refinement, artistry of swords

Samurai culture can be said to represent the epitome of Japan in its combination of strength and beauty. Left: Blade with so-shu forging pattern and dragon; Right: sharkskin scabbard with red lacquer One of the most well-known symbols of the samurai is the katana sword, a ...

Life | EVENTS AND INFORMATION Jul 2, 2020

Honoring the bravery of Chiune Sugihara

2020 marks 80 years since Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara saved thousands of Jews from Nazi persecution by issuing transit visas in Lithuania. As this year coincides with his 120th birthday, the Lithuanian parliament designated 2020 as the year of Chiune Sugihara, and the country ...

Life | EVENTS AND INFORMATION Jun 11, 2020

Views of time change as telework increases

The latest Time Memorial Day report issued by leading timepiece manufacturer Seiko Holdings investigates Japanese responses to ideas about time and how it has changed during COVID-19, the company announced on Monday. Chiba University professor Makoto Ichikawa provided analysis. Data was compiled from an online survey ...

Malaysian students receive face masks

Life | EVENTS AND INFORMATION May 28, 2020

Malaysian students receive face masks

The Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo received 30,000 face masks for Malaysian students in Japan from the Japan branch of the Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM), Malaysian expats and friends from the Japanese business community on May 22, embassy officials said. The masks ...

Iconic Ginza clock tower chimes to show thanks

Life | EVENTS AND INFORMATION May 7, 2020

Iconic Ginza clock tower chimes to show thanks

Buildings and landmarks across the globe — from New York City’s Empire State Building to Niagara Falls — have been lit up in support of front-line health care staff, first responders and essential workers dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Japan is no exception in ...

Bold, vibrant stencil art remains alive today

Life | EVENTS AND INFORMATION Apr 3, 2020

Bold, vibrant stencil art remains alive today

Gazing upon artworks using kappazuri , an innovative Japanese stencil printing technique, similarities can be seen with Japan’s rich tradition of ukiyo-e woodblock printing. Others might recognize an affinity with stenciling techniques found in contemporary street art. The roots of the art form can be ...

Direct flights aim to increase convenience

Life | EVENTS AND INFORMATION Feb 6, 2020

Direct flights aim to increase convenience

In late January, Turkish Airlines held a seminar in Osaka introducing various perks of direct flights between Osaka and Istanbul; the flights will resume in April for the first time since 2017. From April 14, four weekly flights will connect Kansai International Airport and Istanbul ...