Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

Jun 23, 2016

Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

A common sight at summer festivals is people crouched over pools trying in vain to catch goldfish with a paper scoop. If only they knew how to do it. "You need to level the poi (paper scoop) underwater and scoop the goldfish from the head," says ...

Bringing Japanese folk dance into focus

Jan 30, 2016

Bringing Japanese folk dance into focus

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As with many cultures, before modernization the Japanese people relied heavily on agriculture, holding a spiritual affinity with and respecting the power of nature. Bountiful harvests were celebrated in festivities that played a significant role in community activities, and the distinctive folk rituals that ...

Aomori festival won't let 'Star Wars' floats join parade

Jul 31, 2015

Aomori festival won't let 'Star Wars' floats join parade

Organizers of the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, which gets underway this Sunday, will not allow much-awaited floats based on "Star Wars" characters to parade on the city's streets, fearing they go against the festival's cultural tradition and would attract too many visitors, causing turmoil. Residents who ...

Chrysanthemums are more than just a symbol of autumn

Oct 27, 2014

Chrysanthemums are more than just a symbol of autumn

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When Americans think of flowers and Japan, they think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there is a flower for every time of year, and right now, it is the "kiku" (chrysanthemum), celebrated in festivals, shows and home displays. Like the cherry blossom, the chrysanthemum ...