New app to connect Japan with Africa

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jul 4, 2019

New app to connect Japan with Africa

A free smartphone app for iOS and Android and designed to enhance mutual understanding and exchange between Africans and Japanese, Nahfconnects, was recently launched in Tokyo. The app, available in Japanese and English, enables users to chat and make free phone calls. It also provides ...

Engage in tourism projects

General | NEWS AND NOTES May 9, 2019

Engage in tourism projects

Global Daily Co. Ltd. has launched Japankuru Funding, a website dedicated to international crowdfunding in support of projects for the enjoyment of tourists visiting Japan. The site is available in Japanese, English and traditional Chinese. The name of the website combines "Japan" with "kuru," the ...

MBA team wins event

General | NEWS AND NOTES May 9, 2019

MBA team wins event

A team of MBA students from McGill MBA Japan emerged victorious in the 2019 Japan InterMBA case competition held at Hitotsubashi University's Jimbocho Campus, in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, on March 31. Students Kaori Ito, Shannon McCarron, Hiromi Naritsuka and Chris Shragin successfully argued their business ...

General | NEWS AND NOTES Apr 25, 2019

Festival features food, fun

The Festival de Camino a Latinoamerica, an event celebrating the 120th anniversary of the start of Japanese immigration to Bolivia, will be held in Tokyo's Odaiba district on May 3, 4 and 5. This annual festival is the second after last year's inaugural celebration, which ...

World celebrates birth of Buddha together

General | NEWS AND NOTES Apr 18, 2019

World celebrates birth of Buddha together

Tens of thousands of people, including various dignitaries from Africa, celebrated the birth of Buddha on April 8 at Sampozan Muryojuji Temple, the head temple of the Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan, in Kato, Hyogo Prefecture. For a global commemoration of Buddha's birth, the date ...

Rejoicing in the birth of Buddha

General | NEWS AND NOTES Mar 28, 2019

Rejoicing in the birth of Buddha

Buddha's birth will be celebrated on April 8 at Sampozan Muryojuji Temple, the head temple of the Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan, in Kato, Hyogo Prefecture. The date was designated International Buddhist Day by supreme Buddhist leaders from 41 countries on five continents who gathered ...

Music program returns as a monthly broadcast

General | NEWS AND NOTES Mar 28, 2019

Music program returns as a monthly broadcast

"Songs of Tokyo," a program aired on NHK World-Japan and NHK General TV in 2017 and 2018, will begin airing monthly starting this spring. Shingo Murakami of Kanjani Eight will reprise his role as the program's host. "Songs of Tokyo" features renowned artists from different ...

Enter a surreal world through photo collages

General | NEWS AND NOTES Mar 7, 2019

Enter a surreal world through photo collages

Born in Kochi Prefecture in 1938, Toshiko Okanoue was a creator of striking photo collages with a surreal aesthetic. Surrealism draws on images from one's subconscious to create imagery that often defies logical comprehension, while photo collage combines a series of visuals to make ...

Student collaboration at disaster-hit area

General | NEWS AND NOTES Mar 7, 2019

Student collaboration at disaster-hit area

High school students from one of Tokyo's top boys' schools organized a study and field trip to the Tohoku region, which was devastated by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, for themselves and exchange students from a partner high school in ...

Commons Festa event to welcome investors

General | NEWS AND NOTES Feb 28, 2019

Commons Festa event to welcome investors

Commons Asset Management Inc., which celebrates 10 years since the launch of its Commons 30 Fund this year, will hold events in Kyoto in March and Tokyo in April to on the company's fund performances and other activities, as well as offering attendees the ...

Art gallery exhibits traditional katana swords

General | NEWS AND NOTES Feb 28, 2019

Art gallery exhibits traditional katana swords

An exhibition displaying and selling antique katana swords will be held in Yokohama from March 6 to 12. The Omamorigatana Exhibition will take place on the seventh-floor art gallery of Takashimaya's Yokohama Store in Yokohama's Nishi Ward. The admission-free exhibition is open from 10 a.m. ...

Three-day halal festival draws around 7,000

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jan 24, 2019

Three-day halal festival draws around 7,000

As part of an international movement to showcase Malaysia's largest halal expo, Halfest Malaysia, Japan kicked off Halfest Tokyo at the Tokyo Ryutsu Center, in Ota Ward, from Nov. 27 to 29 under the theme "Gateway to Japan Halal Food Market." The expo hosted 95 ...