Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

National 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

Lifestyle Jan 30, 2016

Bringing Japanese folk dance into focus

by Midori Nishida

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

National 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 ...

Go dancing in the streets of Roppongi

Events / Events In Tokyo Aug 21, 2014

Go dancing in the streets of Roppongi

by Florian Turgeon

Home to numerous shopping areas, nightclubs and bars, Roppongi is probably not the first place you would think off when you want to experience some traditional Japanese culture. But despite its reputation, the district has a traditional side and its own Obon holiday event. The ...

National Aug 6, 2014

Neputa lantern lift apparatus kills festival participant

A man in his 40s who was participating in the Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri Festival in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, was found apparently crushed to death Tuesday evening while getting a huge Neputa lantern ready for the parade, it was reported. The man was from the city ...

Belgian beer, food and music

Events / Events Outside Tokyo Jul 2, 2014

Belgian beer, food and music

by Sei Dickinson

Who doesn't enjoy a frosty cold beer in the hot weather? This weekend you can drink to your heart's content, while enjoying a little culture at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Yamashita Park. You may be surprised to hear that Belgium has more than 150 ...

Battle it out in Shinshiro

Events / Events Outside Tokyo Jul 2, 2014

Battle it out in Shinshiro

by Akira Okubo

During the Sengoku period (1482-1573), the Takeda family was one of the strongest clans in Japan, known in particular for its successful cavalry charges. Yet in 1575, it found itself up against something that rendered it powerless — the new western technology of firearms. In ...