Japanese Lifestyle Catch On Chinese

Daiwa House Industry Lu Li is moving to a smaller, but more expensive home. The attraction? Its Japanese features.

Lu bought an 80-square-meter condominium for about 2 million yuan (24 million yen), close to her current condominium of more than 100 square meters.

Niigata Promotes As 'manga City'

Dokaben NiigataNiigata 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.

Tokyo City

Tokyo CityTokyo is Japan's capital and largest city . It is one of the most populous cities in the world. A thriving center of economy, culture and industry.

Tokyo consists of the southwestern part of the Kanto region, the Izu Islands, and the Ogasawara Islands

Kyoto Japan's Culture Heart

Kyoto BambooLook to Kyoto if you want to explore Japan’s cultural heart.

In Kyoto, you will find the ancient temples, shrines, palace grounds and peaceful gardens that shaped Japan as its imperial capital from 794 until 1868.Despite Kyoto’s 1.4 million population, you also will find a slower-paced setting that eludes tourists who confine their travels to Tokyo and its more hectic “Lost in Translation” atmosphere.

Akb48 Megane Best Dresser Award

AKB48 Megane best dresser awardAKB48 received the special prize at the 24th Megane Best Dresser Awards. Akimoto Sayaka, Itano Tomomi, Kitahara Rie, Fujie Reina, Miyazawa Sae, Yokayama Yui, and Watanabe Mayu were selected as the “Megane senbatsu members” to receive the award.

Tenchijin Relief Concert

Tenchijin relief concertTenchijin 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.

12y Girl Violin 1st Prize

12y girl violin 1st prizeA 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.

Gemba Opens Japanese Animation Festival

Gemba opens Japanese animation festivalJapanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba attended an opening ceremony for a series of events to promote Japanese animation in China before meeting with Chinese officials during a one-day trip to Beijing on Wednesday.

Tv Producer Yokozawa Dies

Takeshi Yokozawa Acclaimed former TV producer Takeshi Yokozawa died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital Saturday evening, his family said Monday. He was 73.

After joining Fuji Television Network Inc in 1962, he worked on popular entertainment program ‘‘The Manzai,’’ featuring comic dialogues. He also worked on other popular entertainment shows, leading many comedians to break through to stardom.

Fashion, Beauty Firms Support Warms Heart

Fashion, beauty firms support warms heartAs a severe winter revisits areas ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, supportive services offered by two firms focused on fashion and beauty appear to be warming the hearts of people who have lost everything and now live in temporary housing.

Cosplay Summit 2012

Cosplay Summit 2012 Russia and Britain for the first time will send delegates to the World Cosplay Summit 2012, the WCS executive committee announced.

As a result, the annual cosplay event held in Nagoya is becoming even more international in content.

Evangelion To Open Flagship Store In Harajuku

Evangelion to open flagship store in HarajukuIn yet another sign of anime culture making inroads into mainstream culture, this time in the fashion world, distributors of merchandise related to the popular Evangelion anime series will open a flagship store in the trendy Harajuku district of Tokyo next month.

Japan Culture Expo In Europe

Japan Culture Expo EuropeHoping to take advantage of the popularity of Japanese schoolgirl uniforms among the cosplay crowd, manufacturers based in Okayama Prefecture will display their wares at a Japanese culture fair in Paris.