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5: Shine On! Kids and the 2017 Jazz Soirée Fundraising Gala

Shine On! Kids is a non-profit organization supporting children in Japan fighting cancer and other serious illnesses. Since 2006, their programs have made a difference in the lives of young patients, helping them defeat cancer and carry on with happy, successful lives. In this episode of the BIJ.TV podcast, we’re joined by PR/Sponsorship Manager Helen Marvell and volunteer Heather McLeish of EY Japan to learn more about their programs, including Beads of Courage® and Facility Dogs, and...


4: Best of Japan Gourmet Tour: The Nihonbashi Sakura Festival 2017 (Part 3)

Japan is famous not only for its cherry blossoms, but also for its food. There’s perhaps no better place to sample Japanese cuisine than Coredo Muromachi and the Nihonbashi area. The Best of Japan Gourmet Tour is one of the most popular activities in the area, and during the Nihonbashi Sakura Festival the “Sakura Special Edition” will offer a few seasonal twists. In this episode, we’re joined by Alexandra Beglaya, a concierge at the Nihonbashi Information Center, for a virtual tour of the...


3: Sakura Arts & Crafts: The Nihonbashi Sakura Festival 2017 (Part 2)

The beauty of sakura season inspires our creative side. Origami is well-known outside of Japan, but there are many other wonderful Japanese crafts. The Nihonbashi Sakura Festival gives visitors the opportunity to experience a wider range of artistic expression. In this episode, we’re joined by Giulia Maglio, a concierge at the Nihonbashi Information Center, to go beyond the flowers and explore Japanese arts and crafts, including creations made from traditional washi paper, hair ornaments...


2: Celebrating Sakura: The Nihonbashi Sakura Festival 2017 (Part 1)

Japan is famous for its cherry blossom trees, but cherry blossoms, or sakura, are more than just beautiful—they’re an important part of Japanese life, culture, and tradition. The Nihonbashi Sakura Festival offers an incredible immersion in what is perhaps Japan’s most anticipated time of year—that brief period in late March and early April when the landscape explodes in pink. Among the experiences that the festival offers are arts and crafts, a gourmet tour, amazing illumination...