Shorter pieces shedding light on the creativity underlying Japanese culture and technology and on lives and lifestyles in Japan.
- Matsuri Days (1) A Guide to Asakusa and the Sanja Matsuri
With its well-preserved traditional culture, Asakusa is one of Tokyo’s biggest tourist draws. No event attracts more visitors than the Sanja Matsuri, a 700-year-old festival that draws 1.5 million people to the narrow streets of the old quarter each May. We look at what makes Asakusa and its famous festival special.
The Sanja Matsuri: Tokyo’s Most Raucous Festival (Video)
The Sanja Matsuri in Six Key Words
Strolling Around Old Tokyo
Experiencing the Sanja Matsuri
Japanese Festivals and the Annual Cycle of Life
Unlocking the Secrets of the Sanja Matsuri
- A New Era for Kabuki
In April 2013, the new Kabukiza theater opened in Tokyo’s Ginza district—the fifth incarnation of this renowned venue. This series of articles commemorates this event and looks back on the 400-year history of kabuki.
- Tokyo International Literary Festival
The inaugural Tokyo International Literary Festival took place on March 1–3, 2013. We look back at some of the highlights of the weekend, through the words of some of the authors, translators, and book designers who took part in this ground-breaking attempt to explore new possibilities for books beyond borders.
- Tokyo Station Reborn
In October 2012, Tokyo Station’s famous Marunouchi Building reopened after a major renovation project that restored the building to the way it would have looked when it opened in 1914. With its original appearance restored, this beloved Tokyo landmark is ready to enter a new era in its illustrious history.
- Discovering “Nōgaku”: The Blossoming of Tradition
Nōgaku is a multifaceted art form that incorporates elements of theater, music, dance, literature, and costume design. This series will examine this ancient theatrical tradition from a number of different angles to help readers gain a better appreciation of its artistic treasures.