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 ...

It's snow big deal: Tokyoites share wintry fun

Jan 27, 2018

It's snow big deal: Tokyoites share wintry fun

by Len Kitagawa

The Meteorological Agency issued its first heavy snow advisory in four years for all 23 wards of Tokyo on Jan. 22, sending social media sites into overdrive. Japan Times columnist @jakeadelstein was among many Twitter users warning people to exercise caution as the snow started ...

When 'beauty' is more than skin deep

Jan 7, 2018

When 'beauty' is more than skin deep

by Fernando Flores

It all began sometime in the Heian Period (794-1185) of Japanese history. A woman of unparalleled beauty was born in the northern prefecture of Akita, a region known for its harsh winters, strong sake and delicious rice. Ono no Komachi was a poet lauded in ...