British envoy, Japan Times turn tide in NHK history drama

Dec 30, 2016

British envoy, Japan Times turn tide in NHK history drama

Japanese love watching historical dramas, and one of the most popular times portrayed is the final years of the Edo Period (1603-1868), when the nation went through dramatic change politically, diplomatically and socially with the fall of the shogunate. In many cases, such TV ...

Love 'em or hate 'em, the end of SMAP marks the end of an era

Dec 25, 2016

Love 'em or hate 'em, the end of SMAP marks the end of an era

The Olympics have always been popular in Japan, and this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro were no exception. While NHK was broadcasting the games in the early hours of Aug. 14, a breaking news message flashed across the screen: “SMAP to disband Dec. ...

Odakyu's luxury Romancecar train gets upgrade after 20 years

Dec 15, 2016

Odakyu's luxury Romancecar train gets upgrade after 20 years

Odakyu Electric Railway Co. revealed the upgraded edition of its signature luxury Romancecar EXE express train on Thursday. Dubbed the EXE Alpha, the new trains are scheduled to go online from March next year, connecting Tokyo with the Hakone hot-spring resort area, Katase Enoshima ...