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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 ...

The Yoshida Brothers get in on Kubo's big adventure

Nov 22, 2017

The Yoshida Brothers get in on Kubo's big adventure

by Kaori Shoji

Speaking as a Japanese person, I can't help but feel a short burst of national pride when Hollywood gives my country any kind of attention, like with the animated film "Kubo and the Two Strings." Directed by Travis Knight of Oregon-based Laika Entertainment ("Coraline," "The ...

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Dec 29, 2016

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

by Dave Hueston

Few instruments are as integral to a nation's traditional culture as Japan's shamisen, whose evocative sound accompanies a range of performances from kabuki and puppet plays to folk songs and geisha entertainments in teahouses. But in the 21st century, the three-stringed instrument is facing something ...

Apr 13, 2015

Seven envoys named to promote cultural exchanges with Japan

The central government has named seven individuals as envoys to promote cultural exchanges with other countries in fiscal 2015, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Monday. They include Kenichi Yoshida, a member of the Tsugaru shamisen duo called the Yoshida Brothers, and photographer Naoya Hatakeyama. The five ...

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

| Sep 30, 2014

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

by Magdalena Osumi

Learning to play the three-stringed Japanese traditional instrument shamisen topped Canadian Maud Archambault's list of things to do while in Japan. She arrived here in 2001 to explore one of her fields of study: Japanese culture. Fast forward to today, where she is recognized as ...