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Focus on Japan


Surfer Omura aims to make Olympic splash

The Japanese surfer discovered surfing while in Hawaii. Read More

Women’s university to accept transgender students

In what is believed to be a first in Japan, a prestigious national women’s university announced it will open doors in 2020 to people who were born male at birth but identify as female, saying it’s a natural decision that takes gender diversity into account. Read More

Wild art: All together now

With the help of the many attendants, an Ofunehoko float makes a turn July 24 in Kyoto, as part of the city’s Gion Festival. Read More

Kawagoe: From Edo standout to tourist draw

Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, is less than an hour’s train ride from central Tokyo. Read More

Priciest ticket for 2020 Olympics is for opening ceremony

The most expensive tickets for sale for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be $2,670 for the opening ceremony, according to the tax-inclusive price range announced July 20 by the organizing committee. Read More

Wild art: Shopping games

The first permanent shop selling authorized goods of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics opened in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on July 23. Read More

Kanagawa club in Japan offers multi-language tours

The Kamakura Daibutsu, or Great Buddha of Kamakura, attracts visitors from all over the world to Kotokuin temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. Read More

In Japan, ‘flying umbrella’ frees hands

An information technology company is developing a drone-based “flying umbrella” that users do not have to hold. Read More

Kumamoto company turns to brown rice paste to revive Japan’s abandoned farmland

Alarmed by an increase in abandoned rice paddies amid the Westernization of the Japanese diet and a graying population, a Kyushu dealer of major agricultural machinery-maker Kubota Corp. began producing rice flour in 2010 as an ingredient for bread and pasta to make up for declines in rice consumption. Read More

Totally Board

A man rests on the surfboard at a park in Tokyo’s Daiba Bay area earlier this month. Read More

Kyoto shopping street lures visitors with yokai characters

A variety of yokai monsters used to hold nocturnal parades through what is now the neighborhood of the Taishogun shopping district in Kyoto — or so legends from the Heian period (794-1192) tell us. Read More

Nuisance for Japanese fishermen becomes specialty cuisine

Stingray caught in Lake Hamana, Shizuoka Prefecture, is being promoted as an ingredient by local chefs even though the fish is not often used in cuisine. Read More

Karaoke box businesses in Japan sing blues as customer spending wanes

Karaoke operators in Japan are struggling to secure profits as customers purchase less food and drink and more frequently go to karaoke alone. Read More

Handmade dinosaur figures make Japan town proud

Dinosaur figures meticulously handmade at the Kanna Dinosaur Center in Kanna, Gunma Prefecture, have grown to become a new local specialty item. Their sales have increased year after year, contributing to the town’s increased publicity. Read More



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