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Classical music at Minato Mirai Hall images

Classical music at Minato Mirai Hall

As a classical-music lover, I love attending orchestral performances and piano concerts. The Minato Mirai Hall is a great place to watch performances of both amateur and professional performances by famous musicians from Japan and around the world. The Minato Mirai Hall is in Queens Square, the mal…(143 words)

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Hamamatsu City, Japan: Birthplace of the Big Corporation, Yamaha images

Hamamatsu City, Japan: Birthplace of the Big Corporation, Yamaha

I often wondered about Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka Prefecture as I watched it slip by during my bullet train rides from Tokyo to Osaka. A very good friend of mine is from Hamamatsu and would tell me about his father’s company. He himself towered over most Japanese men at just under six feet tall and…(873 words)

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The Most Advanced Music Technology Right in Hamamatsu City, Japan images

The Most Advanced Music Technology Right in Hamamatsu City, Japan

Torakusu Yamaha was born just two years before Perry’s Black Ship anchored off the coast of Japan. After learning how to repair European clocks in Nagasaki and a stint doing medical device repair in Osaka, Mr. Yamaha started his Organ Manufacturing Corporation after successful repair of a broken or…(373 words)

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Jazz Music Sounds Abound in Yokohama images

Jazz Music Sounds Abound in Yokohama

Yokohama is no stranger to jazz. In fact, Yokohama is regarded as the jazz capital of Japan. The Kannai area is especially known for its abundance of live jazz clubs and jazz events. Perhaps the biggest and most popular of them is Kamome - in the Bashamichi area.Owner Sasaki Motoyoshi opened Ka…(333 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Love J-pop? Watch Music Station! images

Love J-pop? Watch Music Station!

Every Friday at 8pm, I look forward to watching Music Station, an hour long show dedicated to J-pop. Here, about five to ten popular Japanese singers perform their new songs and new J-pop artists are introduced. Also, singers and groups from overseas, such as the US, Canada, Korea and Britain, have…(142 words)

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RieS

A fantastic New Year's filled with classical music! images

A fantastic New Year's filled with classical music!

This New Year's, I did something other than watching the music program "Kouhaku Utagassen" or go to Minatomirai to watch the clock tick to 0:00 of January 1st. I went to Minato Mirai Hall to watch the Sylvester Concert, which is a classical concert with music ranging from baroque to modern. I espec…(111 words)

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Music in Japan is not just about AKB images

Music in Japan is not just about AKB

Are you looking for some good music tracks to put in your IPOD?Well my mistake was relying on watching top ranking music shows on TV.Turn off your TV set and get out to some live music.There are many popular music festivals in Japan.Fuji Rock in Julyhttp://www.fujirockfestival.com/…(156 words)

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Yuuki I

Taste of America presents - Escape to California! California Food & Culture images

Taste of America presents - Escape to California! California Food & Culture

Our restaurant is having a terrific food & music event which is a great way to meet new people and enjoy a relaxing evening. Everyone welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/717849554919293/Taste of America presents - Escape to California! California Food & Culture Night (2 great nights to j…(415 words)

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Traci Pink Cow

I'm Punched images

I'm Punched

At a recent bonenkai (year-end party), one of the entertainers was Neko Punch. Neko Punch is a band, led by singer/songwriter Leanne and producer/bass player Macc. Later, the duo was joined by dancer, Pinky. The group formed, apparently, in London in the summer of 2012, but has recently caught sto…(291 words)

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There is a legend of “Enma the Great”. Japanese fear so much... images

There is a legend of “Enma the Great”. Japanese fear so much...

Japanese fear,“Enma the Great”.There is a legend of “Enma the Great”.The person who lied is pulled out his tongue by “Enma the Great”.It is such a legend.So the Japanese are all, They don't speak little lie.“Enma the Great” also appeared on the Japanese music.In Japan, there…(136 words)

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Jidaigeki Period Dramas Teaching Japanese Morals images

Jidaigeki Period Dramas Teaching Japanese Morals

Jidaigeki (時代劇). Let me tell you the book definition of Jidaigeki first for many of you may not know this term at all. It is Literally "period dramas", they are most often set during the Edo period of Japanese history, from 1603 to 1868. Some, however, are set much earlier, such as Heian period—…(494 words)

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AustinA

Hatsune Miku Wing Shop in Haneda Airport images

Hatsune Miku Wing Shop in Haneda Airport

Open til end of March, the virtual diva Hatsune Miku has not one, but two shops dedicated to her merchandise at the Haneda International Airport! There is one Wing Shop in the domestic flights terminal as well as one in the international terminal. So Hatsune Miku fans traveling from/to Japan as…(137 words)

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Alex Kobayashi /Subtokyo

Ethiopian Food in Nakameguro images

Ethiopian Food in Nakameguro

when you would like to try spicy ......try Queen Sheba at Nakameguro.This restaurant was the oldest Ethiopian restaurant in Tokyo.You can try traditional Ethiopian food such as, spicy meat and vegetable in the form of wat (also w'et or wot), a thick stew, served atop injera, a large sourdough f…(91 words)

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yukorose

Japanese Summer Beach House Culture images

Japanese Summer Beach House Culture

Before I lived in Yokohama, I lived in Zushi. One of things I looked forward to each year was summer, when Zushi Beach, one of the finest beaches in the country, would instantly become alive with people from all over Japan arriving to soak up the sun. To provide services for all these people, beach…(405 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Japanese Stationery that Frees Your Creativity images

Japanese Stationery that Frees Your Creativity

Japan is a country and culture that takes its stationery and stationery shops super seriously - arguably to the point of insanity. For those people who don't care about what pen or pencil they use, the Japanese obsession with office and home supplies probably seems a waste. But for those who do car…(402 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Dances with Demons images

Dances with Demons

One doesn't have to look far to see how pervasive dance is in Japan. Nearly every pop group has an intricate dance routine to accompany their performances. There are studios which teach everything from belly dance to hula to salsa, and festivals, particularly in summer, feature popular folk dances …(525 words)

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Best book-browsing, electronic-buying, time-killing spot in Tokyo images

Best book-browsing, electronic-buying, time-killing spot in Tokyo

Tsutaya Electric store opened its doors on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 in the Futako-Tamagawa Rise building. Dubbed as a "lifestyle shop", its layout gives a whole new experience to purchasing products such as mobiles, televisions and any other electronic devices. Oh yeah, and then there are books. An un…(142 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

"ip.horn" iPhone Speaker images

"ip.horn" iPhone Speaker

The ip.horn speaker is an extremely rare item, currently sold only at a number of events in held in Japan. The manufacturer prefers to remain anonymous, because the craftsmen make the ip.horn in their spare time, outside of regular company business. Nonetheless, the company, which makes wood prod…(550 words)

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Anime Come To Life images

Anime Come To Life

Japanese pop culture, particularly anime (short for “animation”) has become one of the country’s iconic exports in recent years and many people globally have become acquainted not only with internationally famous anime as Pokemon, but also more eclectic characters as well. An entire subgenre has s…(1100 words)

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Dockyard Garden A stone-built dock constructed at the same time as the Port of Yokohama images

Dockyard Garden A stone-built dock constructed at the same time as the Port of Yokohama

Yokohama Landmark Tower came into existence as the new symbol of Yokohama. At the foot of the tower is the Dockyard Garden. This is a reconstruction of the “No. 2 Dock of the Former Yokohama Dock Company”, the oldest stone-built commercial dock in Japan, and has been recognized as a nationally desi…(768 words)

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Kanagawa P.G.T.D.

Street performers in Yoyogi Park images

Street performers in Yoyogi Park

I visited Yoyogi Park in Tokyo near Harajuku station recently on a Sunday. As I walked through the park, there were numerous street performers. One of my favorites are the street rockers. They dress in black jeans and 50's style with Elvis style hair and ducktail haircuts. They dance to rockabi…(73 words)

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Kevin

Life's a Beach! images

Life's a Beach!

In the summer, many Japanese beaches enjoy a "kaisuiyoku," literally meaning an ocean bathtub. It is the only time of year that there are lifeguards at most Japanese beaches. During the brief season, many of the beaches have beach houses, where there are lockers, showers, bars, and great festival…(99 words)

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mikekato

3 Tips for Surviving Rush Hour in Japan images

3 Tips for Surviving Rush Hour in Japan

From my point of view, as someone who has to deal with the morning rush every morning, its difficult to understand why anyone would want to experience it. During the morning rush, all the trains and platforms are congested with people. Not only people but many grumpy people who are already in a bad…(350 words)

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Local Secret: Plum Tree Valley in Okurayama images

Local Secret: Plum Tree Valley in Okurayama

While sakura usually steal the show in spring, I personally have a soft spot for the hardier, brighter ume (plum trees).Some trees are covered in pinkish-white blossoms, so that they resemble sakura, however ume can also be shockingly fuchsia or a deep lacquer red.Bairin (plum tree groves) …(202 words)

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Chiara

Bookworm's Paradise images

Bookworm's Paradise

There's no shortage of big bookstores in Tokyo. There is, of course, the Kinokuniya Books in Shinjuku, as well as Junkudo, and Parco Books, as well as the Aoyama Book Store. All of these stores have their merits, but they carry only new books. But just like there is something important you l…(604 words)

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mikekato

Harajuku on Sunday images

Harajuku on Sunday

Harajuku and Yoyogi Park on a Sunday. The Rockabilly Dancers dance to their own beat and it very fun watching them have fun dancing. They play a variety of 50's style Rockabilly style music, both Western and Japanese. They dance so much on the asphalt that they literally wear the soles of their …(155 words)

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Kevin

Yoshidamachi-ju Beer Garden Block Party images

Yoshidamachi-ju Beer Garden Block Party

I mentioned one of Yokohama's summer highlights in my last post: Yokohama Fireworks Show: Sparkling Twilight 2014http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3287Here's another - BEER GARDEN BLOCK PARTY!What started off as an attempt to bring Yoshidamachi's old-school neighborhood businesses together h…(153 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Don’t Diss “Dennys” Dining During Your Japan Visit images

Don’t Diss “Dennys” Dining During Your Japan Visit

The culture of “Famiresu” or Family Restaurant is iconic and incredibly unique in Japan.http://imgur.com/hl9A8With many Japanese families worried their babbling, food throwing and not-quite-yet disciplined toddlers might bother others too much at an actual big-person restaurant, the “Famiresu…(643 words)

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One Vine Day… images

One Vine Day…

Those who follow trends in alcoholic beverages may know, that Japan`s whiskies have done very well in international competitions. For example, Distiller Suntory was named` Distiller of the Year` at the International Spirit Challenge this year-for the third consecutive time. Japanese wines have …(527 words)

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GoodPeople

Party in the 2.5th Dimension! images

Party in the 2.5th Dimension!

Somewhere between the real and virtual is a strange and exciting dimension that is absurdly geeky and gorgeous. On the one hand, there is an abundance of beautiful women, powerful cars and motorcycles, and tasty food. On the other, there are a panoply of geeky and nerdy otaku, as well as fun-seek…(761 words)

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mikekato

Tourist Tip #9: One-stop Super Shopping Stores images

Tourist Tip #9: One-stop Super Shopping Stores

In July and August of last year, I wrote about a few excellent places to shop for souvenirs:http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3317http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3432However, this morning I noticed that I'd completely left out one of my personal favourite places to shop at, one I visit at least onc…(291 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

July Events in Asakusa and Ueno images

July Events in Asakusa and Ueno

Asagao means Morning Glory. Iriya Asagao Ichi is held at and around Iriya Kishimojin Temple. This event is held on 6, 7 and 8 July every year. This year, the street (Kototoi Dori) will be closed from 17:00 to 21:30 on these days. Time and Place:6, 7 and 8 July at Iriya Kishimojinone minut…(222 words)

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Keiko, OTT

Kabukiza - don't worry about the language barrier! images

Kabukiza - don't worry about the language barrier!

Watching a Kabuki performance is an excellent experience. At Kabukiza (a Kabuki theater in Ginza), you will be able to enjoy old-Japanese theater in a newly renovated and modern building! As Kabuki performances can be very popular, I recommend you to purchase a ticket online, so that you can secure…(223 words)

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RieS

New Year's like a true local images

New Year's like a true local

If you want to have a relaxing winter, I recommend staying at a ryokan with a “kotatsu.” Kotatsu are tables with a futon and a heater that keep your feet (and therefore your body) warm during the cold winter months. Families often stay under this and eat mikan (a type of tangerine sold during the w…(108 words)

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RieS

Check out Summer Sonic Festival images

Check out Summer Sonic Festival

Summer Sonic is a music festival that takes place in August. They have one in Tokyo and one in Osaka. They have a wide variety of music, including Hip Hop, J-Pop, rock and heavy metal. Tickets are 15,500 yen for one day and 28,000 yen for 2 days, so it is expensive. If you have the money, however, …(65 words)

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KurtisW

Roppongi has Great Nightlife images

Roppongi has Great Nightlife

When it comes to late night clubbing, Roppongi is high up there with a wide variety of classy restaurants, late night clubbing, and fancy hotels. It also tends to attract a lot of expats/tourists, so if you're looking to go out to a place where you can speak English, Roppongi is a great place to ch…(115 words)

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KurtisW

Suntory hall images

Suntory hall

I like Suntory Hall in Roppongi! The main hall made of oak is very beautiful and makes the sound very warm. I enjoyed the orchestra concert in the main hall and the chamber music in the small hall.Also the hall is very famous for the pipe organ which is one of the largest in the world! …(99 words)

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Edo-Tokyo museum images

Edo-Tokyo museum

If you are interested in Edo culture I recommend the Edo-Tokyo Museum next to Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Arena). You can see the lifestyle of people who were living in the big city in Edo period. When I visited there I could enjoy a Japanese traditional music show like Syamisen and Koto performanc…(70 words)

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misa

Beach Adventure Time images

Beach Adventure Time

Tokyo is relatively close to the beach, and there are a decent amount of beach parties and festivals. Many of the beach areas around the Shonan area attract huge amounts of young people who go and party, and occasionally there will be sponsored events by sports, music, or promotion agencies, making…(84 words)

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KurtisW

If you stop by the Aqua Lounge at the Imperial Hotel, please say Aloha! images

If you stop by the Aqua Lounge at the Imperial Hotel, please say Aloha!

The Aqua Lounge at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo is the perfect place to get away from the busy day of hustle and bustle at the office.I try to entertain the audience with lush and vibrant music on Piano, Vocals ranging from Jazz Standards, Popular, R&B, Funk, Smooth Jazz, and above all.. Hawaiian M…(200 words)

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