Go west to enjoy a family <em>hanami</em> party

| Mar 18, 2018

Go west to enjoy a family hanami party

by Jason Jenkins

At last, winter's grip is loosening and spring in Japan is on its way. Soon cherry blossoms will explode across the archipelago, and parks around the country will be full of smiles and picnic tarps. That's right: it's hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) season again — ...

Traditional arts live through kids

Mar 4, 2018

Traditional arts live through kids

by Kit Nagamura

Nurturing respect for cultural traditions is a daunting challenge these days, when kids are glued to cellphones and game apps. So what does a country with centuries of carefully polished artistry do to preserve its heritage? Drop a curtain on the whole show? Not ...