September 10, 2012
ISE, Mie Prefecture--Maruko, the star attraction at an aquatic theme park here since 1989, set a record for a southern elephant seal in captivity on Sept. 8.
September 08, 2012
Tokyo Skytree lit up the night sky on Sept. 7 in rainbow colors to promote the capital city's bid for hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics.
September 03, 2012
It was a dinner of biblical proportions: Thousands of festival-goers shared a giant stew on a riverbank in Yamagata on Sept. 2.
August 25, 2012
NARA--Visitors to Heijokyo, the eighth-century capital of Japan, got an illuminating look at the area's history Aug. 24 as the Daigokuden palace celebrated the Heijokyo...
August 25, 2012
With clear skies and good visibility, visitors on the 634-meter-tall Tokyo Skytree tower’s observation deck often take photos of Mount Fuji in the distance, but Suguru...
August 24, 2012
KYOTO--In a candle-lit temple, worshippers put their hands together in prayer for people who died without relatives to mourn them.
August 15, 2012
Homes are wrecked and a ship is swept ashore. The images resemble Japan’s 2011 quake and tsunami, but the survivors’ clothes are from another age.
August 10, 2012
Proving that great art is beautiful in any medium, hundreds of children and parents armed with thousands of Lego bricks painstakingly recreated the famous "Girl with a Pearl...
August 07, 2012
HIROSHIMA--Illuminated words of prayer floated gently along the Motoyasugawa river on Aug. 6 as crowds released 8,000 paper lanterns near Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome. The...
August 04, 2012
MINAMI-AWAJI, Hyogo Prefecture--It would seem that even the humble sea firefly likes to be noticed, especially when large groups form.
August 03, 2012
TOYAMA--You don't have to be a professional photographer to take a pretty cool picture.
August 01, 2012
For those fortunate enough to be in the right spot at the right time on July 30, Mount Fuji rewarded them with a rare view: "Diamond Fuji," with the sun setting on its peak.
July 25, 2012
Even famed photographer Kishin Shinoyama had to wonder how his iconic images would hold up spread over the immense gallery space in the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.
July 21, 2012
In one of Japan’s largest photo exhibitions, opening in Tokyo on July 20, the images were all shot by the public, demonstrating that photography skills are not the sole...
July 19, 2012
A group of Mount Fuji-lovers have discovered that 54 mountains in 23 countries and regions across the globe are nicknamed after the famed Fuji-san, at 3,776 meters, the highest ...
July 18, 2012
To a watermelon inspector at a testing facility in Hokuei, Tottori Prefecture, the sound of the hard shell of a ripened fruit being thumped is music to the ears.
July 07, 2012
NAKATSUGAWA, Gifu Prefecture--A spectacular display of luminous stones imitating the Milky Way opened to the public in the mountain city of Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture, on...
June 25, 2012
Flower lovers and photographers can climb aboard a special Hakone Tozan Railway Co. night train again to enjoy views of illuminated clusters of colorful hydrangeas in Hakone.
June 16, 2012
Pretty much everyone who has visited Japan knows the story of Hachiko, a dog revered for its incredible loyalty to his owner, even long after his master's death.
June 11, 2012
An origami created by a girl who contracted leukemia and died as a result of Hiroshima's atomic bombing will be displayed at the visitor center of a memorial for victims of the ...