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 ...

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Events / Events Outside Tokyo Apr 17, 2014

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

by Magdalena Osumi

Stories of Ooka Tadasuke (1677-1751) have been passed down through generations. He was also known as Ooka Echizen, the governor of the province of Echizen, which was located in present-day Fukui Prefecture. At that time, he served under the eighth Tokugawa shogun, Yoshimune. A lot of ...

Edo River giant kite festival needs volunteers

National Feb 26, 2014

Edo River giant kite festival needs volunteers

The annual festival for "odako," or giant kites, flown will be held on May 3 and 5 along the banks of the Edo River in the city of Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture. The Odako-age Matsuri festival committee said the organizers are inviting participants to "embrace the ...

Corporate chief takes to silver screen

National Oct 3, 2013

Corporate chief takes to silver screen

Masahiro Yoshino, 66, who leads a media consulting company with some 100 employees, may have left it late, but his dream of breaking into the movies was finally realized when a recent film funded by his firm won recognition abroad. "Work in real life and ...