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Japanese Dancers Medal at Moscow Ballet Competition (News)

Moscow, June 19 (Jiji Press)—Japanese dancers won gold and bronze medals in the senior male and female duet divisions, respectively, at the Moscow International Ballet Competition held at the Bolshoi Theater in the Russian capital on Monday. The gold medalist is Ōkawa Kōya, 25, from the northeastern city of Aomori, and the bronze winner is Terada Midori, 24, from the city of Toyonaka, Osaka Pre…

Japan’s Kurachi, Miyake Take First in NY Ballet Contest (News)

New York, April 14 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Kurachi Tarō and Miyake Takumi have won the top places in the men's senior and junior age divisions, respectively, in the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition in New York. Kurachi (left) and Miyake post with their first-prize trophies at the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York. (© Jiji) Kurachi, 18, from the city of Iizuka, Fukuoka…


Geisha have been a Japanese icon around the world for over a century. Skilled in traditional arts, the female entertainers continue to perform in Kyoto, Tokyo, and other regional centers.

Asakusa Samba Carnival’s Dance Extravaganza (Video)

The Asakusa Samba Carnival has grown from modest beginnings in 1981 to become one of Asia’s largest summer festivals, attracting 500,000 spectators each year. With about 4,000 participants in 18 teams, the competition is fierce and passionate.                    

Why Not Dance? The Awa Odori Festival (Video)

“Some fools dance, and some fools watch. You’re a fool either way, so why not dance?” are the words to the famous Awa Odori. This video presents the dance and a 2014 interpretation inspired by its Buddhist roots.

MEXT: What is it Good For?Taniguchi Tomohiko

Japan's education policy is in a perennial state of disarray. Education from kindergarten to graduate school is subject to constant tinkering reforms by the cumbersomely named Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, or MEXT for short. Each new intervention adds to the mountain of incomprehensible and counterintuitive regulations, and with each reform the quality of educati…

Furiously Becoming a LionKato Yuko

Did the Japanese people in the Edo period (1603–1868) ever see an actual lion? The celebrated artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” fame made it a routine in his later years to draw a lion each day, but the pictures he drew don’t exactly resemble the lions that we know. A Hokusai drawing of a lion from his Nisshin joma (A Daily Charm Against Evil) series. (From…

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