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Festival combines art and nature

The “Setouchi Triennale 2019” modern art festival is setting up a summer presentation on islands throughout the Seto Inland Sea. It features exhibitions and performances from Japanese and foreign artists. Read more

How to climb Mount Fuji

At 12,388 feet high, it’s Japan’s tallest mountain, vast and beautiful. Well connected by public transport to Tokyo, it is also one of the world’s most popular climbs — in 2018 alone, almost 300,000 people attempted to climb Mount Fuji in the summer season. Read more

‘Terrace House’ returns to Tokyo

Netflix is ramping up its production of original Japanese content, including anime and live-action dramas, to please both its domestic and overseas subscribers. Read more

As China’s economy sputters, Japan fears the same fate

Doubts are rising over whether the Japanese economy can continue on its path of moderate recovery, as the country’s Cabinet Office lowered its assessment of the economy to “worsening” for the first time in six years. Read more

Frenchman shares his love of kimono culture

The Shibamata neighborhood is well known as the setting for the long-running “Otoko wa Tsurai yo” (“It’s Tough Being a Man”) movie series featuring the kind-hearted vagabond Tora-san. Read more

Tokyo exhibit gets constructive

An exhibition featuring heavy machinery used at construction sites is being held at Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) in the Odaiba area of Koto Ward, Tokyo. Read more

Photo: Gold coins mark a new era

A staffer at the Takashimaya department store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, holds up a set of pure gold coins that commemorated the change of era on May 1. Read more

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