July 02, 2015
An American expat has reached a milestone in his quest for the perfect ramen dish by publishing a guidebook featuring reviews of his top 50 noodle shops in Tokyo.
July 01, 2015
KUNOHE, Iwate Prefecture--Just as Nanbu Tekki ironware from Iwate Prefecture is globally popular, a father and son from this small village could start cleaning up across the world with their high-end “Nanbu Houki” brooms.
June 29, 2015
With his home country of Sri Lanka having been embroiled in decades-long conflicts, Thalangalle Somasiri felt moved after reading the manga series “Hadashi no Gen” (Barefoot Gen), which depicts the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
June 29, 2015
For the past 10 years, Nobumichi Tanabe has trained his video camera on Shigeru and Sakie Yokota to chronicle their quest to bring their daughter Megumi back to Japan.
June 26, 2015
Even as a teenager, Yoko Hayashi was never shy about challenging the traditional norms in Japanese society.
June 24, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO--Japanese movie star Toshiro Mifune (1920-1997) will join the ranks of globally renowned legends at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced June 22.
June 17, 2015
OSAKA--A woman who suffered repeated domestic violence while growing up and again in married life is now a psychologist reaching out to others through lectures and seminars.
June 15, 2015
At first, Ayumi Uekusa hesitated about becoming the public "face" of karate's bid to become a medal sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
June 13, 2015
TOYONAKA, Osaka Prefecture--Hidechika Nomi has been sketching pencil portraits of his first love for 40 years.
June 12, 2015
KAWAKAMI, Nara Prefecture--A Buddhist monk known for his photographs from afar of Mount Fuji recently captured spectacular images of the sparkling phenomenon known as "Diamond Fuji" from 277 kilometers southwest of Japan's iconic peak.
June 10, 2015
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Hikaru Okuno may be from distant Osaka Prefecture, but she's about to give her 400th performance for evacuees in the disaster-stricken Tohoku region.
June 04, 2015
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--“Many people who know me think this is another abrupt and off-the-wall act,” said award-winning author Yu Miri. “But it's not. I have been planning this for a long time.”
May 29, 2015
NAGOYA--Despite her advanced years, Keiko Kato handily outshines singers decades younger than her.
May 28, 2015
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--Nobuyo Tada beamed at the sights and sounds of disaster-affected pupils swinging on playground equipment here, the result of a spur-of-the-moment comment she had made in Germany.
May 25, 2015
HONOLULU--A retired airline employee from Japan has completed a database detailing the names, occupations and personal histories of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii who were forced into internment camps during World War II.
May 24, 2015
He's the "face" of Japanese Muslims and he's got a lot of explaining to do. That's why Mimasaka Higuchi, despite being 79, is still a very busy man.
May 23, 2015
KYOTO--It was just another traditional wedding ceremony at a famous Shinto shrine in Kyoto except for one odd thing--the priest was speaking in English.
May 23, 2015
Makeup therapist Akemi Arimura leaned in so she could gently talk to an elderly client, their faces almost touching.
May 21, 2015
Newly elected assemblywoman Rie Saito, a popular former Ginza bar hostess with a hearing impairment, wants a barrier-free society for all, but she must first overcome obstacles in the municipal assembly chamber in Tokyo's Kita Ward.
May 20, 2015
On the banks of the Tama River, a freelance photographer is documenting the daily lives of a colony of stray cats on his popular weblog, believing their community is a microcosm of human society.