General | NEWS AND NOTES 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 ...

General | NEWS AND NOTES 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

General | NEWS AND NOTES 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 ...

Honoring the bravery of Chiune Sugihara

General | NEWS AND NOTES 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 ...

Bold, vibrant stencil art remains alive today

General | NEWS AND NOTES 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

General | NEWS AND NOTES 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 ...

Italy's Trentino region aims to grow relations

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jan 23, 2020

Italy's Trentino region aims to grow relations

A deal soon to be inked with one of Italy's leading research foundations and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a master class lecture on Trentodoc wines and a tourism campaign all form part of efforts by Italy's autonomous province of Trentino to both promote ...

Selected swords, <I>tsuba</I> on display

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jan 23, 2020

Selected swords, tsuba on display

First founded during the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912), Japan Sword Co. has amassed a vast number of collections of Samurai Art over the course of its history. Today, the gallery has grown to become one of the most renowned sword shops around the ...

Craft gin makes debut

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jan 16, 2020

Craft gin makes debut

Jin7 Plus Harvest, an artisanal gin produced in collaboration with Ginza 300Bar, Tohoku Bokujo farm in Aomori Prefecture and Oyama Jinhichi Shoten in Kagoshima Prefecture is being served at three branches of Ginza 300Bar in Tokyo, two of which are located in Chuo Ward ...

Clock signals changing face of Wako Building

General | NEWS AND NOTES Dec 19, 2019

Clock signals changing face of Wako Building

Leading watch brand Seiko unveiled its Rondeau Karakuri Clock in Ginza's Wako Building on Dec. 18, just in time for the Christmas and New Year season. The karakuri (mechanism) timepiece draws upon applications of clock technology to karakuri ningyō (mechanical doll). Aspects of the display ...

General | NEWS AND NOTES Dec 5, 2019

Music festival gathers artists from across Asia

Music stars from 11 countries across Asia wowed fans on Nov. 19 with stunning and heartfelt performances at the ABU TV Song Festival at NHK Hall in Tokyo. Artists representing 11 countries and regions delighted attendees at NHK Hall for two-and-a-half hours. The concert was held ...

European artworks on display

General | NEWS AND NOTES Nov 21, 2019

European artworks on display

An exhibition showcasing artworks from museum collections in Hungary will be held at the National Art Center, Tokyo, in Roppongi, Minato Ward, from Dec. 4 to March 16. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary, "Treasures from Budapest: European and Hungarian ...