February 06, 2016
Fourth-generation tatami shop master Yoshiaki Kagami shares Japanese craftsmen's sense of crisis as fewer people are engaged in traditional industries.
February 05, 2016
Acorn drop first kiss of New Year ten seconds
February 02, 2016
Visitors to feudal-era Himeji Castle can now observe repairs to preserve roofed passages in the fortification turrets of the World Heritage site.
February 01, 2016
KUMAMOTO--A YouTube video to promote Kumamoto Castle starring popular dance duo Egu-Splosion has become an online hit, garnering more than 400,000 views since its release in late December.
January 30, 2016
KYOTO--With his impeccable floral hairdressing style, you might assume that 40-year-old artist Takaya’s background is in the art of ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement--but you’d be way off.
January 29, 2016
My shadow runs On untouched Snow
January 23, 2016
SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--A musical theater troupe based at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park here plans to take its show on the road to Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture and eventually overseas.
January 22, 2016
On the south side of Hahajima, in the Ogasawara island chain nearly 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, rest 1,200 bottles of rum on the sea floor in an inlet lapped by gentle waves.
January 19, 2016
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--A young male cat named Love has taken the oath of office as “honorary stationmaster” at the train stop here.
January 18, 2016
CHICHIBU, Saitama Prefecture--She’s the "kawaii" cartoon that gets everywhere, and now Hello Kitty is traveling even farther, thanks to a special train operating in the Chichibu area from Jan. 16.
January 15, 2016
Foggy mountain road a monkey on the guardrail foggy mountain road
January 14, 2016
OTSU--Railway buffs lined up in the early hours to buy the first-ever commercial miniature models of the diesel cars that graced the now-defunct Kojak railroad along Lake Biwako’s west side.
January 12, 2016
HIMI, Toyama Prefecture--“Buri” (Japanese amberjack) is a local specialty in this coastal city facing the Sea of Japan, but including buri in menus for moderately priced restaurants has been difficult because of the high prices the fish commands.
January 11, 2016
KANAZAWA--Firefighters dazzled thousands of spectators with traditional circus-like acrobatic stunts atop bamboo ladders as part of New Year festivities here on Jan. 10.
January 09, 2016
With its scenic coastline and beautiful natural setting, the Shonan area south of Tokyo, along with the old capital of Kamakura, is the preferred living environment for the majority of Japanese living and working in central Tokyo.
January 08, 2016
SAKAI--The fame of an 85-year-old restaurant founder known as “the wizard of rice cooking” has led to an invitation from the Chinese government to share his expertise in Beijing on Jan. 12.
January 07, 2016
Thirty-seven years after the “Mobile Suit Gundam” anime series premiered, fans are engaged in a heated online debate over whether the main protagonist Amuro Ray hails from Tottori Prefecture.
January 01, 2016
With 36 years of continuing popularity under its belt, the “Mobile Suit Gundam” robot anime series appears headed for immortality.
January 01, 2016
Riverside a crocodile waits in a monkey shadow
December 29, 2015
TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Prefecture--The “Mobile Suit Gundam” anime series for young boys had an unintended consequence: Some fans felt that the message was “war is cool.”