Getting Over a Hot Summer by Using the Japanese Traditional Ways; Be Fashionable at the Same Time

  As if the Japanese summer is not hot enough, it seems to be getting hotter each year. For centuries, though, the Japanese people knew just exactly how to survive the hot weather—and in fashionable ways at that.   One of the most famous summer symbols, the “goldfish” were known from Muromachi era, which was […]

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan to Perform Bach in Kobe and Tokyo

Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan ⓒteamMIURA       Organist, harpsichordist, and conductor Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan ensemble are set to finish recording the complete choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach.   It will be the first time for Bach’s complete choral works—over 220 works—to be recorded by a single group.   […]

You Can Put A Modern Twist to ‘Tsumamizaiku,’ the Hairpins of Old

    They’re called the tsumamizaiku, those cute, at times dainty, hairpins. But centuries before they became ubiquitous among young ladies today, they were the traditional accessories made and used by female servants of the Imperial court during the Edo period 300 years ago.     In those times, high society people in the court […]

Munakata Shrine and Okinoshima’s Mysteries: UNESCO Considers Japanese Island As World Heritage Site

  Update: On July 9, 2017, UNESCO inscribed the Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region on the World Heritage List. Shortly before the approval, Japan Forward visited the Munakata region to learn the traditional meaning of these sites. Our original report is as follows. This week, UNESCO will consider Japan’s […]