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Summer flowers studied for Tokyo Olympics

Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 12:14 am
Tokyo is searching for flowers that will be in bloom at Olympic time. Read More

Photo studios offer a portal into the past

Updated on  January 25, 2018 at 12:25 am
Studios where visitors can have themselves photographed in costumes of samurai warriors or high-ranking courtesans are becoming increasingly popular. Read More

Above it all

Updated on  January 25, 2018 at 12:23 am
A boat looks as if it is hovering over the sea around Otsuki, Kochi Prefecture. Read More

Japan’s Currency Museum traces history of money

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 7:24 pm
From giant stones to gold and silver coins, the Currency Museum details the history of money in Japan. Read More

Karate hoping to make mark at Tokyo Games

Japan hopes to strike Olympic gold in Karate, one of five new sports in the 2020 Tokyo Games. Read More

Tree that survived 2011 tsunami cut down

A ceremony was held at the end of 2017 to cut down a Japanese black pine tree called “Kashima no Ipponmatsu,” the lone survivor of a forest in, Fukushima Prefecture, that was struck by the tsunami following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Read More

Japan’s Pokemon championship welcomes all ages

The top Pokemon players will soon be decided in a tournament to be held in Tokyo Jan. 14. For the first time, the contest is open to players of all ages. Read More

Ice bubbles

Ice bubbles are seen beneath the frozen surface of Lake Akan in Kushiro, Hokkaido in December. Read More

New tech to alter manga publishing

Updated on  January 4, 2018 at 12:22 am
Leading manga publishers are trying to make the most of digital tools by offering high-tech drawing apps for free and providing new platforms for posting work, in an effort to discover new talent at home and abroad. Read More

Numazu restaurants focus on deep-sea specialities

Updated on  January 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm
Suruga Bay, off Shizuoka Prefecture, is a treasure trove of deep-sea fish. The Heda district in the city of Numazu in the prefecture lies on the coast about an hour’s drive from the city center. Read More

Pleasure paddle

A man paddles a board across the Daiba Bay in Tokyo Dec. 14. Read More

Godzilla’s resurgence expected to continue

Updated on  December 28, 2017 at 12:31 am
Godzilla — Japan’s iconic kaiju monster — has risen once again. Read More

New signs to help foreign visitors cross the street

The Osaka prefectural police plan to put signs written in English, Chinese and Korean on all the push-button pedestrian signals at 1,296 locations in the prefecture, since more and more foreigners do not know how to use the signals. Read More