Tourists take pictures of an industrial plant during a bus tour to the Keihin industrial area in Kawasaki. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
A date with a difference: Tours of Kawasaki's industrial zone
KAWASAKI--A modern dystopia complete with monstrous chemical plants spitting out hellish flames from a maze of exhaust flues is drawing hordes of tourists.
Shiba-chan, wearing a T-shirt with a fire-prevention message, stands at his owner's tobacco stand in Koganei, western Tokyo, earlier this month. (Provided by Koganei Fire Station)
Popularity goes global for Tokyo dog who greets customers at tobacco stand
A pet dog that has charmed customers at a tobacco stand in a western Tokyo neighborhood for years now has fans across the globe and a role in a fire-prevention campaign.
Carriers hoist a “mikoshi” portable shrine through the streets of the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on June 8. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Festival gives birth to future leaders of Tsukiji Outer Market
Editor’s note: This is the fourth 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.
Kiyomizudera temple’s maple trees sporting red and yellow fall leaves bask in the glow of hundreds of lights during a trial night-viewing run on Nov. 13. (Noboru Tomura)
PHOTO: Kyoto's Kiyomizudera temple shows off its fine fall colors at night
KYOTO--World-famous Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward was bathed in hundreds of lights Nov. 13 to show off the warm fall colors gracing the grounds a day before the start of its annual autumn night viewings.
The Christmas tree at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is illuminated at the climax of a musical show on Nov. 13. The tree earned Guinness World Records recognition for the “Most lights on an artificial Christmas tree” for the fourth consecutive year. (Gen Hashimoto)
PHOTO: USJ Christmas tree lit up with 360,000 lights for the holiday
OSAKA--Universal Studios Japan’s Christmas tree, illuminated by 364,200 lights, has been recognized by Guinness World Records for the “Most lights on an artificial Christmas tree” for the fourth consecutive year.
Kenichiro Saito teaches how to prepare delicious fried eggs in the cooking facility “Tsukiji Shokumachi Studio” (Tsukiji food town studio) in the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Shops are trusted because professional buyers are customers
Editor’s note: This is the third 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.
A Tsukiji-don rice bowl (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
Tsukiji rice bowl shows area has more than just fresh fish
Despite the district’s fame for its fresh fish, stores in Tokyo's Tsukiji market have created a dish that includes a wide variety of local delicacies--except sashimi.
An artist’s rendition of the annex at East Japan Railway Co.’s Railway Museum in Omiya Ward, Saitama (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
Expansion of Railway Museum to put visitors on board and in role
SAITAMA--East Japan Railway Co. said it will build a five-story annex south of the main building at its Railway Museum here to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of how railways work.
Ramen shop Narumi-Ippudo on Oct. 28, a day before it officially opened (Masahiro Iwao)
Yokohama’s ramen museum transforms itself to attract more foreign visitors
YOKOHAMA--The ramen museum here has expanded its menu to cater to the different cultures and customs of overseas gastronomes, part of its push to “globalize” the popular food park.
Visitors marvel at a carved ceiling by Uncho Ishikawa at the Kaizando hall of Saifukuji temple in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture. (Shintaro Egawa)
Japan's 'Michelangelo' drawing tourists to Niigata in 200th anniversary of his birth
In this 200th anniversary year of his birth, Uncho Ishikawa, the sculptor known as the "Michelangelo of Japan" is enjoying a surge of popularity in Niigata Prefecture, where he spent much of his life.
Participants dressed as poets of the Heian Period (794-1185) compose “waka” traditional poems in a ceremony called “Kyokusui no Utage” (Parties along garden rivers) at Jonangu shrine in Kyoto on Nov. 3. (Tsuyoshi Sato)
PHOTO: Ancient rituals re-enacted in Kyoto, Nara to celebrate Culture Day
People dressed as aristocrats in the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara prefectures took part in a series of rituals to celebrate the national holiday Culture Day on Nov. 3, including a game that dates back more than 10 centuries.
Many signboards of sushi restaurants stand on a street in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Outer Market to solicit customers. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Fierce competition being waged among sushi restaurants
Editor’s note: This is the second 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. In these articles, we will spotlight human-interest stories and offer helpful tips to our readers in order for them to more thoroughly enjoy the Tsukiji Outer Market. This series appears on Tuesdays.
Festivalgoers bid for a cut of a frozen tuna at the Tsukiji Shijo Matsuri held in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward on Nov. 2. (Makiko Ikenaga)
PHOTO: Hordes flock to festival at renowned Tsukiji fish market
Tens of thousands of foodies and tourists flocked to Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market Nov. 2 to eat fresh seafood during the fifth Tsukiji Shijo Matsuri, organizers said.
Rumiko Tezuka, the daughter of manga great Osamu Tezuka, shows a drawing of “Black Jack” created by the late rock singer Kiyoshiro Imawano at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. (Yutaka Suzuki)
Show fit for a king chronicles rocker Imawano's life, admiration of manga giant
TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Prefecture--A retrospective on Japan's “King of Rock” is under way at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, featuring paintings and articles of the performer who was heavily influenced by the manga great.
Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (Tomoko Saito)
Photographer turns to calligraphy in his favorite town
A Japanese photographer renowned for his decades of artistic shots, including portraits of pop divas Bjork and Lady Gaga, is now using a calligraphy brush to express his thoughts on life and death.
The Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward bustles with foreign tourists as well as professional buyers from restaurants and retailers. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Though the shops change, the customers continue to come
Editor’s note: This is the first 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. In these articles, we will spotlight human-interest stories and offer helpful tips to our readers in order for them to more thoroughly enjoy the Tsukiji Outer Market. This series appears on Tuesdays.
Customers examine the fresh seafood offered in the store “Tsukiji Nippon Gyoko Shijo” (Tsukiji Japan fishing ports market), which opened in the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward on Oct. 23. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Outlet showcasing fresh seafood from 5 prefectures opens in Tsukiji Outer Market
With the Tsukiji fish market relocating to the Toyosu district in spring 2016, a massive fresh fish and seafood store opened Oct. 23 in the Tsukiji Outer Market to keep reeling in customers to the area even after the move.
Cyclists ride on the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, during the Cycling Shimanami event on Oct. 26. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
7,300 cyclists pedal amid autumn vistas of Seto Inland Sea
IMABARI, Ehime Prefecture--Thousands of cyclists pedaled amid cool ocean breezes and breathtaking views of the autumn landscapes of the Seto Inland Sea on Oct. 26, participating in one of Japan's largest organized group rides.
Visitors can view silk reeling as it was once done at the museum. (Yusuke Fujii)
Okaya museum benefits from increased interest in Japan's silk-making history
OKAYA, Nagano Prefecture--Located in the city used to be known as the "silk capital of Japan," the Okaya Silk Museum in Okaya, Nagano Prefecture, has already enjoyed an-11 fold increase in visitors since reopening in August.
The “Taizo-kai" mandala painting (Noboru Tomura)
'Mandala' Buddhist paintings rarely seen by public set to go on display
KYOTO--Two rarely shown painted “mandala” that depict the Buddhist universe will go on public display at Toji temple, a World Heritage site, on Oct. 31.

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