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December 2018

The Art of Emotion:Japanese Entertainment and Hospitality

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THEME FOR December
The Art of Emotion:Japanese Entertainment and Hospitality

When you travel to another land, the warmth of the people and how they reach out to you often determines your overall impression of the place. Rightly famous for its hospitality, Japan is always looking for new ways to captivate visitors. Here are stories on how the country is bringing its history to life, making ancient arts more accessible, and making its communities global.

FEATURES

On Stage: Japanese Forms of Expression That Spark Imagination and Understanding

An interview with kyogen master and holder of the Important Intangible Cultural Property of noh theater Mansai Nomura

Making Japan a Happy Place through the Power of Sports

Haruka Amano supercharged the local fan base for J.League football team Kawasaki Frontale, and is trying to do the same for the 2020 Tokyo Games

A Castle Where History Comes Alive

Odawara Castle is enthralling visitors from all over with immersive cultural events featuring ninja shows, zazen meditation and more

The Philosophy of a Canadian Rakugo Storyteller

Rakugo's first non-Japanese performer in a century, Sunshine Katsura, performs the art's comic monologues overseas in English

The Omotenashi of an English-speaking Geisha in Kyoto

In Kyoto's Gion district, one young geiko is bringing Japan's ancient cultural arts alive for English-speaking audiences

Not Just Another Roadside Attraction

A highway roadside stop in Nikko uses concerts, movie screenings, local gourmet products and more to draw nearly a million visitors a year

A Sento-Centric Community

Japan's public baths are natural gathering places, but Denjyoyu is an entertainment center and global crossroads as well

A Park Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Hans Christian Andersen would delight in the windmills and other whimsical, fantastical features of a park in Funabashi that bears his name

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