Porcelain shards serve as stark reminder of war

General | NEWS AND NOTES Oct 30, 2020

Porcelain shards serve as stark reminder of war

Pieces of Old Imari porcelain serve as reminders of the tragedy of war and reviving them symbolizes the hope for world peace. A person assembles fragments to restore a broken Old Imari porcelain work. | ROIP JAPAN A number of the Old Imari porcelain works, which ...

Refinement, artistry of swords

General | NEWS AND NOTES 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 ...

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 ...

Iconic Ginza clock tower chimes to show thanks

General | NEWS AND NOTES 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

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 ...