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In search of Japan's essential summer festivals

Culture Jun 23, 2016

In search of Japan's essential summer festivals

by Mark Jarnes

With July just around the corner, Japan is gearing up for another sultry summer. Since the sizzling-hot days only last until early September, people make the most of the season by getting outside — that includes going to film festivals, art and fashion events ...

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 ...

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 ...

Osaka's Aizen Festival begins

Events / Events Outside Tokyo Jun 26, 2014

Osaka's Aizen Festival begins

by Akira Okubo

Even though it is mid-rainy season, the Aizen Festival anticipates the hot summer ahead with a parade of women wearing cool and attractive yukata (light kimono). As Osaka's first summer festival of the year, this is held from June 30 to July 2 at ...