Seiji Tarao holds “A Guide to the Mysteries of the Kojiki” in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture. (Tadashi Sugiyama)
English guidebook features Sanin sites in Japanese mythology
YONAGO, Tottori Prefecture--After years of editing, a travel guidebook is available in English describing sites in the Sanin region that were portrayed in Japan’s oldest history book.
The grounds of the planned Toyosu market in Tokyo's Koto Ward, where Tsukiji market will be relocated in 2016, on Dec. 17. (Tatsuya Shimada)
Tsukiji fish market to get new home in late 2016 as Olympics beckon
The long-anticipated relocation of Tokyo's Tsukiji market is being fast-forwarded to November 2016 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
The Nagano Snow Resort Pass is available at  hotels and tourism facilities in northern Nagano Prefecture from Dec. 20. (Kiyoshi Takagi)
Bargain 'snow pass' enables foreign skiers easy access to Nagano resorts
NAGANO--Foreign visitors to snow country in northern Nagano Prefecture will be offered a discount pass that allows them to travel freely to various attractions in the area.
Character panels, posters and other "Yokai Watch"-themed decorations are set up at JR Kumamoto Station in Kumamoto. (Takeho Morita)
'Yokai Watch' characters 'hijack' JR Kumamoto Station
KUMAMOTO--Characters from the video game and anime franchise "Yokai Watch" have taken over JR Kumamoto Station here, with related posters, panels, stickers and other decorations spread around the facility.
Visitors observe the production of yarn at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya's Nishi Ward, Aichi Prefecture. (Taku Hosokawa)
Show-and-tell approach draws visitors to Nagoya's Toyota technology museum
NAGOYA--A Toyota museum here that captures the history of craftsmanship at the Toyota Motor Group is bustling with a record number of visitors, mainly thanks to increased awareness of the facility's unique offerings--including an old working loom--and a popular TV drama on the company's founder.
Kazumasa Iida sells packed “tsukudani” products in his shop, Edoichi Iida, in the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Winning against fierce competition depends on operator's capability, experience
Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-part series of articles on the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo, which is located next to the Tsukiji fish market, one of the largest of its kind in the world and a must-see destination for foreign tourists visiting Japan.
(From left) Akira Kubo, his wife, Yukiko, and their son, Hiroshi, run the bookstore in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward. The framed calligraphy decorating the wall says, "Shunkin Bookstore, by Junichiro."
Historic Kyoto shop brings back Junichiro Tanizaki book corner
A venerated Kyoto bookstore with a history linked to author Junichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965) has resurrected its book corner dedicated to the Japanese literary giant after scaling down to accommodate a remodeling project.
An artist's rendering of Universal Studios Japan’s new attraction that will feature the "Attack on Titan" manga characters (Provided by USJ Co.)
Universal Studios theme park to feature 'Cool Japan' characters
OSAKA--Universal Studios Japan unveiled plans for its new “Universal Cool Japan” attractions that will feature popular anime, manga and other aspects of Japanese pop culture.
Toritoh President Akio Suzuki, left, and his son Masaki (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Conflicts between parents, children often exist at family-owned companies
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-part series of articles on the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo, which is located next to the Tsukiji fish market, one of the largest of its kind in the world and a must-see destination for foreign tourists visiting Japan.
Masanobu Fujinawa, chair of a panel to promote Tottori Airport, reads a message from "Detective Conan" author Gosho Aoyama. (Naoko Murai)
Tottori Airport nicknamed after sand dunes, Detective Conan
TOTTORI--Tottori Airport has been nicknamed Tottori Sakyu Conan Airport in tribute to two major attractions in the prefecture: the “sakyu” sand dunes and Detective Conan.
“Kitano Shato Yurakuzu Byobu,” a six-segment screen portraying a drinking party, was created by Kano Takanobu. Kitano Tenmangu shrine in Kyoto’s Kamigyo Ward is in the background. (Noboru Tomura)
Masterpieces by Kano school painters found
KYOTO--Two picture folding screens by artists of the Kano school, the most prominent in Japan, in the 16th and 17th centuries have been found in private ownership, the Kyoto National Museum said Dec. 5.
Newlyweds Atsushi and Hikaru Shibuya check out the spotted garden eel tank at Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo on Nov. 11. (Gakushi Fujiwara)
Japanese fall hard for 'timid' garden eels
A small species of eel has become something of a craze in Japan, spawning songs, books and even a special "day" to honor the humorous sea creatures.
Wild Japanese macaques huddle for warmth at a nature preserve in Choshikei ravine in Tonosho, Kagawa Prefecture on Dec. 2. (Masaharu Nakatsuka)
Wild monkeys put on heart-warming spectacle as mercury drops
TONOSHO, Kagawa Prefecture--Wild Japanese macaques huddled in their dozens to ward off a winter chill at a nature preserve here in Shodoshima island on Dec. 2.
Visitors enjoy the colorful autumn leaves along Inui dori street on the Imperial Palace grounds. The street opened to the public on Dec. 3. (Shigetaka Kodama)
PHOTO: Visitors flood Imperial Palace’s tree-lined street for fall leaf viewing
Thousands of people packed the Imperial Palace's Inui dori on Dec. 3 to marvel at the vibrant hues of autumn leaves, as the street opened to the public for the first time ever for fall foliage viewing.
Japanese macaques relax in a hot spring at the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden in Hakodate, Hokkaido, on Dec. 1. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
PHOTO: Snow monkeys ward off the winter cold in hot spring spa
HAKODATE, Hokkaido--With chilly temperatures beginning to set in on Japan's northern island prefecture, the annual "Saruyama Onsen" (monkey mountain hot spring) opened Dec. 1 in a botanical park here where Japanese macaques can warm themselves in a hot spring spa.
Sota Tokioka shows off a model of a new facility of the Tsukiji Outer Market in the office of his company Dekita Inc. in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: ‘Outsiders’ spread attractiveness of Tsukiji Outer Market
Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 10-part series of articles on the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo, which is located next to the Tsukiji fish market, one of the largest of its kind in the world and a must-see destination for foreign tourists visiting Japan.
Attendees celebrate the completion of Hello Kitty Park on Nov. 28 in Anji, Zhejiang province. (Kim Soon-hi)
First Hello Kitty theme park overseas set to open in China in January
Sanrio Co. is hoping the Chinese love for Hello Kitty will entice them to visit an amusement park themed on the Japanese feline character, its first full-fledged outdoor theme park overseas, in Anji, Zhejiang province.
The Mikimoto store in or around 1906 (Provided by Mikimoto & Co.)
Ginza's Mikimoto jeweler fetes 115-year history
A jewelry store that is more than a century old in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district is currently holding a special exhibition highlighting the company's illustrious history before the store begins a reconstruction project in January.
Dancers in cosplay costumes perform on huge robots at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo on Nov. 13. (Makiko Ikenaga)
Tokyo's lurid 'Robot Restaurant' an overload of the senses, but foreigners still come
With two big-breasted "robots" wheeling around out front, the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward certainly stands out, even in the neon-lit streets of the popular Kabukicho entertainment district.
Skaters glide around a silicon wax-coated skating rink at the Oasis 21 complex in Nagoya’s Higashi Ward on Nov. 24. (Minako Yoshimoto)
PHOTO: Non-ice rink in Nagoya offers skaters the fun without frigid temps
NAGOYA--A non-ice skating rink at a commercial complex here is attracting many couples and families with children, as it allows them to enjoy the winter activity in warmer conditions.

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