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Booming demand leaves Japan’s whiskey lovers dry

Some Japanese whiskeys are in short supply due to their increasing popularity in overseas markets and a recent domestic boom of highballs, or whiskey and soda. Read More

Spring in their step

Hikers looked at wetland flowers in Oze National Park May 24, the first day the park officially opened to visitors in 2018. Read More

Crane chick finds comfort zone

A Japanese crane chick nestles into its parent’s plumage to keep warm at the Japanese Crane Reserve in Kushiro, Japan. Read More
 

Japan’s Imperial Palace to start guided tours in English

The Imperial Household Agency announced that it will start offering English-language guided tours of the Imperial Palace to the public this month. Read More

Companies encourage staff to commute in sneakers

A growing number of companies in Japan are encouraging their employees to wear sneakers during their commute, as part of efforts to address their lack of physical exercise. Read More
 

Flying Fish

Colorful carp streamers fluttered in the air over the Kawakami Gorge in Saga, Saga prefecture, southwestern Japan, last month. Read More

Sapporo Dome boasts hovering stage

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team plans to move from Sapporo Dome, but the facility will remain one of Hokkaido’s largest event venues, due in large part to its innovative movable turf field. Read More

Pikachu inspired by a squirrel, creators reveal

The design for Pikachu, one of the main characters in the popular game franchise Pocket Monsters, better known as Pokemon, was based on a squirrel — not a mouse — developers of the game have told The Yomiuri Shimbun. Read More

Forest research institute develops sake out of wood

A forest research institute in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, has succeeded in making “wood sake” by developing a technology that produces alcohol suitable for drinking by fermenting wood through a method used to produce sake. Read More

Game pads prove handy for decommissioning nuclear plants

Video game pads and similar products are being used to mani- pulate robots engaged in decommissioning work at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings’ disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Read More

Moment of Reflection

Fresh green leaves are reflected on an acrylic sheet inside a hall at Jufukuji temple in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Read More

Museum focuses on digitial art

A vast expanse of Venetian glass lamps greets visitors at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: Epson teamLab Borderless in Tokyo. Read More

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