Tokyo Boogie-Woogie

Photo: Hiromu Nagahara and his new book, “Tokyo Boogie-Woogie: Japan’s Pop Era and Its Discontents,” published by Harvard University Press.

The book explores pop music and the transformation of Jap...

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The 3 Million Yen MUJI Hut, Coming this Fall

A year and a half ago, MUJI revealed plans to begin selling huts: small, humble abodes that would allow users to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, anywhere they wanted. They commissioned 3 notabl...

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May 2017: 5 Events Not to Miss in Tokyo

After a long winter and bouts of rain, it’s finally beginning to feel like spring. June will be rainy and uncomfortably humid, so why not enjoy the nice, warm weather while it lasts by heading out ...

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You Can Now Own a Kengo Kuma-Designed Trailer Home for 3.5 Million Yen

Are you looking to downsize from your expensive city apartment? Or Maybe you’re just looking to simplify your life? Well now you can do so in style thanks to a collaboration between architect Kengo...

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Listening to the Voices of Trees: The Bonsai World of Kawabe Takeo

“Trees are like people,” says Kawabe Takeo. “They have their individual personalities just like us. They are living things imbued with a natural life force and vitality that goes beyond anything we...

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82-year-old DJ thrills crowds on Tokyo's club scene

By day, Sumiko Iwamuro (pic) runs a Chinese restaurant, where she has worked for six decades making "gyoza" dumplings, while by night, she spins records at Tokyo clubs under the moniker DJ Sumirock.

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Naha firm to open miniature model theme park in Okinawa

A company based in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, is aiming to open a theme park in the prefecture around 2022 featuring exhibitions of famous cities around the world using miniature models.

The attract...

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Samurai parade held in Kofu

About 1,300 people dressed as samurai warriors have paraded in a city in central Japan to celebrate a 16th-century warlord.

The parade in the streets of Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture on Saturday is pa...

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Ghost in the Shell Review

This review of Ghost in the Shell from ign isn't completely negative, but lookng at other sources like RottenTomatoes where it got only 2 stars it is probably safe to say that the movie is not a hu...

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Yosakoi: Why It’s My Favorite Japanese Festival

Yosakoi is a dance that originated in Kochi prefecture, on the southern island of Shikoku. It grew out of awa odori, a traditional dance style and festival from neighboring Tokushima prefecture. Aw...

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