Colors and Traditions at the Chichibu Night Festival

  The Chichibu Night Festival took place on December 3rd in Saitama’s Chichibu city, approximately 90 minutes north of central Tokyo. Starting from the Chichibu Shrine, men and women dressed in happi (traditional festival clothing) paraded four gorgeous and exquisite floats and two kasaboko (a float with willow-like fronds descending in a giant umbrella shape), […]

Usagi Juku: Preserving Japanese Armor Culture and Tradition

Every year, on the 23rd of November, the Yoroi Kizome ceremony is held at the World Heritage-listed Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Families from several generations, from grandparents to grandchildren, can participate and proudly wear their handmade yoroi (armor) and kabuto (battle helmet). The backdrop is during the peak of Kyoto’s foliage season, making the […]

Tomioka High School Dance Club and Yoko Oginome Collaborate for Midosuji Autumn Party

The 2017 Midosuji Autumn Party was held on Sunday, November 12, to promote Osaka both domestically and internationally. Singer, Yoko Oginome, and the Tomioka Senior High School dance club—the runner-up team from the All-Japan High School Super Cup Dance-Off sponsored by Sankei—collaborated for a special performance. The event was hosted by executive planning committees from […]

Akane: Meet the Coach Behind Tomioka Senior High School’s Hit Bubbly Dance’

  If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the “Bubbly Dance” that Tomioka Senior High School students performed at the recent 10th All-Japan High School Super Cup Dance-Off. Although they only placed second overall, they captivated viewers with their mesmerizing movements and nostalgic outfits, having been unofficially proclaimed the “people’s champions.”   This year’s theme, based on […]

JAXA Successfully Launches Michibiki-4 Satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the Michibiki-4 (QSZ-4) satellite aboard an H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at 7:01 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2017. Shortly after liftoff, the Yoshinobu Launch Complex transferred the flight control of H-IIA to Takesaki Range Control Center. At 1:33 of the video, you will see the solid […]