July 28, 2014
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hundreds of horseback riders in samurai armor recreated the splendor of feudal Japan at the Soma Nomaoi festival here July 27.
July 03, 2014
It can be embarrassing when an adult is stumped by a child. But when a young boy asked calligrapher Reiko Watanabe to write "Gaim," a word she was unfamiliar with, her...
March 16, 2014
Visitors to Sendai may be surprised to see samurai clad in armor and carrying swords on the city streets.
January 01, 2014
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles on Japanese “washoku” cuisine, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in December.
November 20, 2013
Gakken Publishing Co. has expanded the lineup on its streaming website that offers samurai-themed manga titles in Japanese and English simultaneously for free.
November 18, 2013
The director of the Keanu Reeves 3-D film "47 Ronin" says he hopes his adaptation of a true Japanese story becomes a Hollywood blockbuster.
November 12, 2013
OSAKA--“Step in, step in. You may come closer,” beckoned a bearded burly warlord, as he magnanimously waved me in.
October 25, 2013
SAKAI, Osaka Prefecture--Light in the hand, yet so sharp they can cut and prune like a dream, shears made by a local firm here are something special.
September 30, 2013
Horseback riders clad in samurai armor and flying colorful flags raised awareness of recovery efforts in Fukushima Prefecture, as well as clouds of dust, during a traditional...
August 24, 2013
FUKUOKA--Traditional Japanese swordsmiths have turned to a popular anime in hopes of revitalizing their flailing industry.
July 29, 2013
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--About 300 horseback riders dressed in samurai armor engaged in races and mock cavalry battles during the Soma Nomaoi festival here on July 28.
June 28, 2013
IGA, Mie Prefecture--After a successful campaign in Washington, five ninja will take their moves and weaponry to Paris to strengthen a movement that already involves samurai.
June 15, 2013
KYOTO--Just like in the movies, with the Toei Kyoto Studio Park on the ropes, it turned to some familiar forces to turn the tide of battle: ninja and samurai.
June 13, 2013
SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--In a dimly lit studio here, Satoshi Tachibana is restoring an old suit of armor.
April 24, 2012
KOFU--More than 1,000 people in samurai costumes marched through Kofu city and into the Guinness World Records on April 7 as part of the Shingen-ko Festival.
April 17, 2012
It's not every 82-year-old who can slice and dice a tossed apple with a samurai sword, charm a pack of giggling schoolgirls, and cap off each day with eight shots of whiskey.
April 10, 2012
KYOTO--When customers pass through the "noren" shop curtains at the front entrance of the bar Shi-Shin, they are greeted by the bearded owner dressed as a feudal samurai.
February 06, 2012
AMMAN -- Forced to play away from home due to escalating unrest, Syria stunned Asian heavyweight Japan 2-1 on Feb. 5 to boost its chances of qualifying for the London Olympics.
January 28, 2012
Shinsuke Yamane of comedy group Chanbara Trio tells his disciples to keep the waist low when they emulate a Japanese-style sword fighting performance known as "chanbara." That...
December 12, 2011
It's that time of year again for "Chushingura," a fictionalized telling of a classic tale of revenge that ranks among the most familiar of all stories in Japan. Even though we...