• Taiko Drum Workshop for Beginners in Matsumoto !

    No experience necessary! English speakers will be assisting! Learn to play taiko like a pro, from correct stance to proper drumming techniques. This one-hour lesson starts with the introduction of basic rhythms and finishes with you giving your very own performance! The workshop is being offered at a special discount price (¥3,000 OFF) this one time, so if you’ve ever thought about picking up taiko, now is a good time to try it out! You will be instructed by a member of the group Hibikiza. *Please note that participants will be filmed and/or have their pictures taken.* Date & Time: Feb 3 (Sat) 2 p.m. (duration:1 hr) Participants: Max 10 (ages 5+) Fee: ¥1,000 (discounted from ¥4,000!) Location: Agetsuchi Theater (formerly Piccadilly Hall) 4-7-2 Ote, Matsumoto City Registration: Fill out the form on this page (press the blue button at the …

    January 11, 2018

  • Meet the Japan’s top speed skating athlete at M-wave.

    Nao Kodaira, Japan’s top athlete, won having the link record today at M-wave, in Nagano City. She is going to Pyeongchang Olympics soon! http://www.nagano-mwave.co.jp/m_wave/topics/2017/12/10202224-1.php  

    December 27, 2017

  • Sep 23 (Sat) – Free Japanese Culture Event in Matsumoto!

      Nakamachi Shopping Street, which is located in Matsumoto City, is holding a fun Japanese culture event at the Kurassic-kan on Sep. 6 (Wed) and Sep 23 (Sat). Here you can try all kinds of Japanese arts, crafts, activities, and other cultural experiences, not to mention everything is hands-on and mostly free! Besides the main event at the Kurassic-kan, several of the shops and restaurants around Nakamachi will also be offering cultural activities like traditional games or food/drink tastings. See below for a list of activities and where you can get the official details, event flyer, or see the event on Facebook! There will also be volunteers providing translation/interpretation to help with communication, including local high school students and local guides. So not only is this a great opportunity to experience Japanese culture, but also a nice chance to communicate …

    August 30, 2017

  • Beautiful Daffodils in Bloom now in Ueda City

    written by Junko Shinshu International Music Villege 信州音楽村     Thousands of daffodils are blooming in the music village on the hill.You can see beautiful mountain view from there. Daffodil Festival is held from March 25th to April 23rd in 2017. It’s free and you can enter anytime.         Volunteer staffs are taking care of the garden, selling the flower only 100 yen with 5 wheels, and chatting with guests.       About 1 hour by walk from Ooya Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line. see google map

    April 5, 2017

  • Nagano Olympic Memorial Arena M-WAVE

    written by Junko Nagano Olympic Museum  Impressions of Nagano Olympic and Paralympic games which were held in 1998 are vividly revived. The actual equipment used in the games can be found here. It is the memorial corner for introducing all of the memorial days. Hours: 10:00-17:00       195 Oaza-Kita-Nagaike, Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, 381-0025 Japan Tel: 026-222-3300  Fax.026-222-3222 Take a local bus, Nagano Dentetsu, bound for Suzaka & Yashima, from the No.1 bus stop at the East Exit of the JR Nagano station, get off at the M-WAVE-mae bus stop; it takes approximately 15 minutes.                       You can watch speed skating races there in the winter.   Get off at the Suzaka/Nagano Higashi IC on the Joshin-etsu Expressway, and drive approximately 5 minutes towards Nagano city center. See google …

    March 10, 2017