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Taiko Drummer Bringing Tradition Bang Up To Date
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, taiko drum, traditional, commynity, up-and-coming, bilingual, culture, music genre, Nikkei, culture, performance )

Naoko
- 2982 days ago - asahi.com
To many, the rumble of the taiko drum is the sound of tradition in Japan. Yet to up-and-coming taiko player Isaku Kageyama, the instrument can do much more.
Senegalese Traditional Dance, Sex or Pornography?
Offbeat  (tags: Senegal, women, dance, private parts, show off, controversy, traditional, Leumbeul, sexual, Sabar, criticism, fun, children, culture )

Naoko
- 3152 days ago - afrik-news.com
A new dance, known as the "Leumbeul", is attracting a growing number of Senegalese women who do not mind showing off their otherwise private parts. Controversy has been raging on for several months in Senegal over the "Leumbeul" dance, especially after
City to Donate Abacuses Overseas
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Hyogo, soroban, abacuse, calculation skill, donation, overseas, traditional, quality, promotion, International Soroban Diffusion Foundati, Tonga )

Naoko
- 3214 days ago - asahi.com
ONO, Hyogo Prefecture - Ono city officials are collecting used soroban abacuses from across the nation to donate abroad in a bit to promote its key traditional product and help local people foster calculation skills.
Thatched Spring in Setagaya
Offbeat  (tags: Edo Period, Setagaya, Tokyo, farmhouses, thatched, walk, takeuma, traditional, spring, bamboo, shrine, museum )

Naoko
- 3398 days ago - search.japantimes.co.jp
To slough off winter sluggishness and get into step with spring, I set a course from Seijo Gakuen-Mae on the Odakyu Line to Judaibori Minkaen - a compound of late Edo Period (1860s) thatched farmhouses in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward - and ending at Futako Tama
   

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