Manila’s Subway: Japan to Fund Southeast Asia’s ‘Project of the Century’

  Of Japan’s infrastructure, it is the subway that visiting Filipinos approve of the most: the technology, the mechanics, the efficiency. They will have one in Metro Manila in eight years, as the Japanese government is set to finance the Philippines’ first subway.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed […]

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 […]

Tokyo Motor Show 2017 in Videos and Photos

  It lived up to its promise. The 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. from October 27 to November 5 at Tokyo Big Sight, showcased the automotive industry’s future.     Receiving support from eight governing bodies – such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan External Trade […]

Trump, Abe Promise to Secure Return of Japanese Abductees From North Korea

  Families of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents decades ago met with United States President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this Monday afternoon, November 6, at the Akasaka Palace in Moto-Akasaka, conveying their hopes for an eventual rescue of the still missing abductees.     Among them was Sakie Yokota, 81, mother of […]

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 […]

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Giveaway: Get Tickets for You and a Friend to the ‘Fear in Painting’ (Kowai-e) Exhibition

The highly popular Fear in Painting exhibition is on display at the Ueno Royal Museum and finishes Sunday, December 17. If you missed out when the exhibition was on at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, JAPANForward would like to give you and a friend another chance at seeing Kowai-e in Tokyo. There will be only 10 tickets […]

African Vibe: Youssou N’Dour Sings Songs of Hope at Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards Reception

  The awards ceremony for the so-called “Nobel Prize of Arts”—the 29th Præmium Imperiale International Arts Award in honor of Prince Takamatsu—was held on Wednesday, October 18th, at the Meiji Kinenkan (Moto-Akasaka, Tokyo), in the presence of His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi.   This year’s awards feature two African laureates, Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour and […]

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 […]