Kemari ball game held at a Nara shrine

An ancient ball game known as "kemari" was staged at a major shrine in Nara. The event held at Kasugataisha shrine is named "Manyo-kemari".

A non-profit organization working to preserve Nara's cult...

posted by  Tanuki | 1 year, 5 months ago | 2 comments

Donors to Sanrio festival crowdfunding get right to ‘date’ Hello Kitty

Sanrio Entertainment Co. said Thursday it will offer the right to “date” its popular character Hello Kitty to people who donate ¥100,000 each through crowdfunding for a summer festival to be held a...

posted by  Tanuki | 1 year, 5 months ago | 1 comment


The city of Tokyo will be playing host to hundreds of talented artists from all around the world when it stages the third Tokyo International Art Fair by Global Art Agency (The GAA Ltd) on 26-27 Ma...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 6 months ago | 0 comments

Artless Craft Tea & Coffee Nakameguro

Just about 1 year ago Shun Kawakami’s branding agency artlessInc. opened a tea & coffee stand in Harajuku. But they recently relocated to a larger, cooler space under the Nakameguro train track...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 6 months ago | 0 comments

Credit card company forms music idol group, Higashi-Ikebukuro 52

Since AKB has claimed Akihabara, Credit Saison has opted for the somewhat less iconic East Ikebukuro for its group, which comprises actual female employees of the credit card provider. Despite the ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 6 months ago | 0 comments

Nishi Honganji Temple opens decorative gate

Tourists were given a rare treat Sunday when Kyoto’s Nishi Honganji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, opened its centuries-old Karamon gate for the first time in 34 years.

“This is my hometown ...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year, 6 months ago | 0 comments

Hayao Miyazaki - New Movie

Legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement from making feature-length films.

Miyazaki's production base, Studio Ghibli, said on Friday that he had begun working...

posted by  Tanuki | 1 year, 6 months ago | 2 comments

Go Visit the New Ota Art Museum & Library

Take the train from Tokyo’s Kitasenju-station, about 80 minutes North-East up to Gunma Prefecture, and you will arrive at Ota station. In front of Ota station’s North Exit is the newly opened Ota A...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 6 months ago | 0 comments

The 10 Best Free Art Galleries in Tokyo

Tokyo’s art scene is impressive, with brilliant galleries littered across the city all showing off cutting-edge work from some of Japan and the world’s most exciting artists. Best of all, many won’...

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Aimer to Perform Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Theme Song

Aimer will perform the theme song to Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Part 1 Presage Flower, the first part of the upcoming film trilogy, set to premiere on Oct. 14!

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 6 months ago | 0 comments


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