Shorter pieces shedding light on the creativity underlying Japanese culture and technology and on lives and lifestyles in Japan.
- “Cool Traditions” Stay in Tune with Modern Life
Traditional art forms and aesthetics can be infused with new creativity as they are passed along from generation to generation. This series looks at some of these “cool traditions” that remain relevant by perfectly suiting contemporary sensibilities.
Fireworks by “Hanabishi” Masters Blossom in the Night Sky
Modern-day Artisans Carry On the “Ukiyo-e” Tradition
Glorious Fireworks Color the Autumn Sky
Ukiyo-e Prints Reflect the Popular Culture of Edo
Ōmagari Fireworks Bedazzle the World
Shunga: Japanese Erotic Art Takes London By Storm
Mining the Past for New Gold: Artist Yamaguchi Akira
Bonsai: Nature in the Palm of Your Hand
- Matsuri Days (4) Gion Festival and Kyoto
Japan’s former capital Kyoto plays host to numerous well-known festivals that attract tourists to the area, including the Aoi Festival, the Jidai Festival, and the Gozan no Okuribi. But Japan’s biggest summer festival, the month-long Gion Festival, is probably the most famous of them all.
- The Tokusatsu Entertainment Genre that Godzilla Spawned
Godzilla first appeared on the big screen 60 years ago, with the release of the 1954 film of the same title. This anniversary coincides with the 2014 release of a popular new Hollywood film also titled Godzilla. In this series, we take a closer look at the so-called tokusatsu style of special effects that Godzilla spawned as well as the movies and TV series that emerged in the six decades that followed, while also speculating on what the future might hold for this genre
- The Takarazuka Century
The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Takarauka Revue, an all-female musical theater troupe. This series looks back at the Revue’s long history of success, starting with the businessman who dreamed up the idea for the troupe and coined the phrase “Purity, Honesty, Beauty” that has guided it ever since.
- Cooking Up Enjoyment
Delicious food has always been a source of joy. When people gather around an exquisitely prepared meal, it leads to new encounters and shared pleasure. This series looks at some of the culinary ways Japanese people are connecting with the outside world.
- Ozu Yasujirō: New Discoveries in the Half-Century Since His Passing
December 12, 2013 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Ozu Yasujirō, and the 50th anniversary of his death. He was a director who hugely influenced prominent filmmakers around the world, and continues to be revered internationally. This special feature encourages us to enjoy and (re)discover Ozu's cinematic world.
- Matsuri Days (5): Sapporo Snow Festival
The Sapporo Snow Festival ―the biggest event of its kind in Asia―is an annual celebration of snow and ice. Nippon.com traveled to Sapporo in February 2014 to cover the event held in the city’s Ōdori Park. A record 2.4 million visitors flocked to the festival this year to see the impressive snow and ice sculptures on display, which included frozen creations by teams from within Japan and overseas.
- Celebrating the World’s Comic Creations
On November 18, 2012, the Foreign Comic Festival took place in Tokyo’s Big Sight exhibition center. Japan’s manga are known around the world, but the cultural streams flow both ways, and comic artists from Europe, North America, and Asia are making their presences felt in Japan too, bringing about new waves in the global manga/comic scene.
“Blacksad” Comic Series Wins Fans in Japan
Comic Connections: Urasawa Naoki Talks with Top European Artists
Emmanuel Lepage: Bringing Something New to BDs
Manga Giant Ōtomo Katsuhiro Meets His European Counterparts
Manga: Not Just in Japan
- The Renewable Outlook in Japan
Japanese interest in renewable energy sources is on the rise. A major reason is the popular desire to get away from nuclear power in the post-3/11 age, but moves to diversify Japan’s energy mix were underway even before the disaster. In this series we take a look at the renewable picture in Japan today.
Offshore Wind Power Promises to Boost Fukushima Recovery
Hopeful Signs: Renewable Energy from Geothermal and Solar Power
Building a Floating Wind Farm Off the Fukushima Coast
Rice Paddy Power: Harnessing Microbial Energy
The Promise of Kinetic Power Generation
Five Things to Know About Energy in Japan
- Character Wonderland
Adults and children alike in Japan love characters. They come in all shapes and sizes, including everything from global superstars like Hello Kitty to mascots created to promote local areas or products. This series showcases Japan as a character wonderland.