Donald Keene, 89, a pre-eminent scholar of Japanese culture, spoke to reporters in Sendai on Oct. 19, giving words of encouragement for the disaster-hit Tohoku region.
"The world saw how the Japanese remained calm during the disaster and did what they needed to do," said Keene. "My respect for the Japanese multiplied."
Niigata city has joined the long line of municipalities using manga and anime for economic revitalization. But Niigata officials say they intend to make the prefectural capital the true "Manga City" of Japan.
A key highlight of the push will be the Niigata Anime and Manga Festival 2011 on Feb. 26-27, which combines three events, officials said.
Tenchijin will hold the Japan Earthquake Relief Event “Yattemare!” in Goshogawara, a city in the Tohoku region of Japan, on Sunday afternoon. “Yattemare” means “Let’s do it together” in Tsugaru dialect, and is also a phrase yelled by revelers of Tachineputa Festival, the largest summer festival of Goshogawara.
A 12-year-old Japanese girl won first prize at an international competition for young violinists in Poland, her father said in Japan on Friday. Yurika Shima, who hails from Kobe and currently lives in Vienna, won the first prize for violinists aged under 13 at the 4th International Miroslaw Lawrynowicz Young Violinist Meeting, a four-day violin contest held from Monday in the city of Plock.