Judo family matriarch shares passion with next generation
Toma (Japan) (AFP) - Wakako Ueno raised three daughters to Olympic or World Championship glory and now the matriarch of Japan's most-decorated judo dynasty is passing on her passion to the next generation. The 64-year-old puts around 10 children as young as seven through their paces in her tatami-mat dojo in the small town of Toma, more than 900 kilometres (560 miles) north of Tokyo on the island of Hokkaido.Each session starts with the children sitting on their knees to recite the teachings of judo founder Jigoro Kano, who stares down at them from a small black-and-white portrait on the wall ...
The National Museum of Western Art
Samurai armor, calligraphy, and Japanese textiles aren’t the only thing to be found in museums in Japan. The National Museum of Western Art in Uenohas a killer collection of mainly European art including that of French sculptor Auguste Rodin.Gaze into the void as you stand before “The Gate of Hell” or get philosophical under the watchful eyes of “The Thinker.” These are two of Rodin’s most well-known sculptures that greet visitors in the forecourt. If you’re looking for something closer to a conventional European or American style museum, this is definitely the spot for you.Of the six museums ...