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Fido takes flight

Updated on  November 30, 2017 at 12:37 am
A craftsman makes traditional Japanese kites in Takomo Honten, a long-established kite store in Nagoya. Read More

Autumn glow in Japan

Updated on  November 23, 2017 at 12:36 am
Japanese momiji maple trees are lit up at Eikando Zenrinji temple in Kyoto, Japan. Read More

Japan light display features 5.5 million LEDs

Updated on  November 16, 2017 at 1:23 am
Yomiuriland amusement park in western Tokyo twinkled under world-renowned lighting designer Motoko Ishii’s “Jewellumination” event. Read More

Video DJ with ALS uses only eyes to perform

Updated on  November 15, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Video DJ Masatane Muto is trying to break down barriers for people with disabilities. Read More

Gotta love them apples

Updated on  November 9, 2017 at 12:50 am
A 55-1/2-foot-long, 25-1/2-foot-wide art piece made of about 35,000 apples was displayed at Hirosaki Park in Hirosaki, Japan, last month. Read More

Role-playing game helps fight depression in Japan

It’s a role-playing video game that allows users to choose and customize their own avatars. Set in a medieval fantasy world, users build up power as their characters travel across “provinces,” overcoming obstacles and challenges along the way. Read More

In Japan, store opens first robot department

Takashimaya Co. this month opened a robot department at its Shinjuku store in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo — a first by a department store in Japan. Read More

Restaurants to get subsidies to set up smoking areas

Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry intends to subsidize part of the costs that restaurants, cafes and other eating establishments incur to set up rooms or spaces exclusively for smoking, starting next fiscal year. Read More

Danish crown prince breaks eggs

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik started up a new egg-breaking machine, manufactured by a Danish company, at Mayoterrace, a Tokyo educational facility operated by mayonnaise maker Kewpie Corp. Read More

Ceremony for Japan’s deer

Updated on  October 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm
A man portraying a Shinto priest trims the antlers of a deer on October 7, 2017 during an annual event at Rokuen, a deer park in Nara, Japan. Read More

Woof! Woof! Robot dog has a nose for foot odor

Updated on  October 25, 2017 at 7:07 pm
A robotic dog has different responses depending on the level of foot odor it detects. Read More