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Antique sword showcases traditional technique

A Japanese sword featuring a cherry-blossom pattern on its blade is currently on display at the Japan Sword Gallery in Toranomon, in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. The blade sports a cherry blossom design, as well as a running water motif modeled on the Yoshino River. Made in 1821, the sword is a ...

The world of sword accessories

| Dec 14, 2017

The world of sword accessories

Japanese sword fittings are only attachments associated with Japanese swords, but they are attractive to many fans thanks to their exquisite decorative techniques. A multi-city sword fittings exhibition, "Pinnacle of Elegance — Swords fittings of the Mitsumura Collection," which started at The Nezu Museum ...

British weekend in Tokyo

| Dec 7, 2017

British weekend in Tokyo

Stop by the Roppongi Hills Arena from Dec. 8 to 10 and be transported to "merry old England" at The Great British Weekend. The largest British festival in Japan gives visitors a taste of England and all things British during the three-day event. Starting ...

Flower Japan highlights beauty of ikebana

| Nov 23, 2017

Flower Japan highlights beauty of ikebana

The third exhibition of Flower Japan, a project to promote a richer lifestyle through ikebana was held at the Hillside Forum in Daikanyama from Nov. 17 to 19. The theme of the exhibition was "Books and Flowers." The expansive gallery space with large glass windows ...

Microfinancing offers hope to those in need

| Nov 23, 2017

Microfinancing offers hope to those in need

"If there is no financial injection, there is no hope," said Peter Fanconi, chairman of Swiss impact investment managers BlueOrchard Finance Ltd. "Today, about 2.3 billion people have no access to credit or financial services. So microfinance is bridging this gap." Fanconi spoke to The ...

Blending the West with Japan

| Oct 26, 2017

Blending the West with Japan

Isetan Shinjuku Store is showcasing bags, business card cases and scarves that blend the timeless elegance of a premium British lifestyle brand and classic traditional Japanese craftsmanship (kŌgei) at The Stage on the first floor of the main building through Tuesday. The special display features ...

Moscow works to woo Japan's World Cup fans

| Oct 12, 2017

Moscow works to woo Japan's World Cup fans

Moscow is welcoming Japanese soccer fans to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The world's largest soccer event happens to fall in the year when Japan and Russia will hold a bilateral year of culture exchange. "We will have Japanese-speaking volunteers in Moscow, and hotels will also ...

International flavors celebrate soy sauce

| Oct 12, 2017

International flavors celebrate soy sauce

A Brazilian man took home the gold prize, while an Indonesian man and a Filipino woman received the silver prizes in a soy sauce cooking contest, in which foreign participants presented 58 dishes made with soy sauce, at a Tokyo hotel on Sept. 29, ...

Jiyugaoka Megami Festival

Oct 5, 2017

Jiyugaoka Megami Festival

The 45th Jiyugaoka Megami Festival, organized by Jiyugaoka Megami Festival Organizing Committee, will be held in the area surrounding Jiyugaoka Station in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Oct. 8 and 9. That is the largest event in the fashionable Jiyugaoka district, with area residents, ...

Elegant watches showcased

| Sep 21, 2017

Elegant watches showcased

Watch dealer Misuzu Corp. held a Handa Watch World Fair at a Tokyo hotel on Sept. 12 to showcase high-end Swiss timepieces and other watches. The company, which also operates the Misuzu Gakuen chain of cram schools that work to prepare high school students to ...

Event offers taste of Malaysia's cuisine, culture

| Aug 24, 2017

Event offers taste of Malaysia's cuisine, culture

The Malaysia Makan Fest will be held on Sept. 2 and 3 at Zou-No-Hana Terrace, in Yokohama's Naka Ward, where visitors can eat Malaysian food while taking in ethnic costumes and Malay song performances. Entrance is free for the second edition of this annual festival ...

Call for essays on free trade

| Jul 27, 2017

Call for essays on free trade

The Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC) has started accepting entries for it's 13th annual essay competition under the topic of "The Ideal Free Trade System: Tasks and Solutions." Founded in 1947, the JFTC is one of Japan's most influential business associations. Last year saw 189 ...

800 years of katana craftsmanship on display

| Jun 8, 2017

800 years of katana craftsmanship on display

People visiting Japan are often attracted to the beautiful and unique traditional arts, especially samurai culture. The katana is one such item that represents the beauty of samurai culture. It is a highly functional weapon that symbolizes the formal attire and status of samurai. The katana ...