The Spirit of a Distinguished Traditional Fireworks Maker Lives On
The arrival of summer means that fireworks festivals are held all across Japan. Every time fireworks go up, cries of “Kagiya!” can be heard mingled with the applause and cheers. Kagiya is the name of an old established fireworks guild that has been in continuous existence since it was founded in 1659 by Yahe.
“Walk in U. S., Talk on Japan”
A Program to Promote People-to-People Diplomacy in the United States Japanese Women Stand Up
The goal of “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” was to increase awareness about Japan in the U.S. and to develop U.S.—Japan relations through people-to-people diplomacy. To achieve these aims, the program asked for the support of Japanese citizens. It’s participants travelled to many cities in the U.S. and talked about Japan’s many attractions, including its culture. They spoke to members of the U.S.—Japan Council, university students, and organizations with a connection to Japan.
Womenomics Is Pushing Abenomics Forward
Woman Play an Increasingly Active Role in Japan
“Japan is back!” These were the words of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the New York Stock Exchange on September 25, 2013, displaying his strong determination to return Japan to a central role in the world economy.
Prime Minister Abe Meeting with Foreign Counterparts
With Prime Minister, Simpson-Miller, at Japan-Jamaica Summit Meeting. (July 2014)
Moments of Prime Minister Abe in Summer/Autumn 2014
With Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, visiting the West Angelas mine in Western Australia. The two leaders continued their friendly dialogue aboard the Australian Prime Minister’s plane. (July 2014)
Juntos! Bringing Infinite Depth to Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Cooperation
Excerpts from the Speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Delivered in Brazil, August 2, 2014
Progredir juntos (progress together), liderar juntos (lead together), and inspirar juntos (inspire together). I call these “juntos” the “three guiding principles.”
Coastal Cleanup by People Who Are Embracing the Sea:
Tackling Trash Washed Ashore on the Coast of Japan
To Change the Sea’s Name or to Protect Sea from Debris?
In a small coastal town on the Sea of Japan, a group of people is working diligently to keep the beaches clean. We followed the cleanup efforts led by a woman in the Hokuriku region.
The Spirit of Aizu in the United States
The Voice of a Participant in the “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” Program
My son recommended that I participate in the “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” program. I applied only two days before the deadline and was delighted to be accepted. I was deeply moved by my experience.
Seasons and Customs: Fireworks Festivals
Japan has four distinct seasons, and the pride of each one is the wide variety of flowers (hana) that bloom at the respective times of year.
Friends of Japan
Japan: The Perfect Meeting Place for Students From All Over the World
I came to study in Japan in 2012 at The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy.
Friends of Japan
Supporting Japan’s Deepening Ties with Asia
“Convenience stores and ATMs are available 24 hours a day and the trains always arriveon time.