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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Beholding Japanese Beauty
Women in Japan go to great lengths to look their best, keeping a close eye on the latest beauty tips and trends. The emphasis on feminine beauty stretches far back into Japanese history. This series looks at how Japanese women—then and now—have looked at beauty.
- The Pastimes That People Love
Life isn’t just about working—the Japanese are serious about playing, too. This section offers a look at people who are hooked on their hobbies. Here you’ll find dazzling portraits of men, women, and children pouring themselves passionately into their interests outside the workplace or school.
- 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.