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Photo: Year of the boar

The daruma dolls are made in the shape of the year’s zodiac animal. Read More

Organizing committee outlines plan for Olympic ticket sales

The organizing committee for next summer’s Tokyo Olympics revealed the process for domestic ticket sales and detailed ticket prices for each sport on Jan. 31. Read More
 

Unusual deep-sea fish sightings puzzle Japanese experts

A mysterious fish that lives deep below the ocean’s surface has been popping up in the waters of Toyama Bay, causing marine experts to scratch their heads. Read More

Japanese avatar robots provide disabled chance to work

“Welcome to our avatar cafe,” said a real woman’s voice, coming from a robot. Read More
 

Photo: Night Light

The Blue Pond, a popular tourist spot in Biei, Hokkaido, is lit with LED lights, creating a mystical contrast between its sky-blue water and withered white larch trees. Read More

Sturgeon farm thrives in Japan’s Gifu mountain area

Caviar is one of the world’s top three luxury foods, along with foie gras and truffles, and is typically known as an imported product from Russia. Read More

Self-driving train tested on Tokyo line

A self-driving Yamanote Line train went for a test run in Tokyo on Jan. 7, as East Japan Railway Co. unveiled its latest technology. Read More

Photo: On Track

Japan’s New National Stadium, which will serve as the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, is taking shape in Tokyo. Read More

Emigration — not immigration — one of top Japanese concerns amid shrinking population

As Japan grapples with the problem of an aging and shrinking population — and whether to allow in an influx of immigrants — a recent survey revealed the public is more concerned about emigration, or how many people choose to leave Japan, than immigration. Read More

Kyoto, Japan, shrine gauges the amount of worshipping

The counting of money offered in the first three days of the New Year has started at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, known as a shrine for good business. Read More
 

Japan’s year symbolized by ‘disaster’

The kanji character most symbolic of 2018 was “sai” (disaster), according to the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation in Kyoto. Read More

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