<I>Kemari</I>: a whole old ball game

Jan 2, 2014

Kemari: a whole old ball game

The year of FIFA World Cup is upon us, with Brazil getting ready to host, and Japan scheduled to go head-to-head against Cote d’Ivoire, Greece and Colombia in June for a spot in the final 16. If six months is too long to wait, ...

Don't burn out on New Year's, go see the fire brigade

Jan 2, 2014

Don't burn out on New Year's, go see the fire brigade

Feasting on countless mochi (rice cakes) and watching mind-numbing television is one “traditional” way to spend the New Year’s holidays. But if you happen to be bored of that routine, check out the Tokyo Fire Department’s (TDF) annual Dezome-shiki event for a glimpse of ...

In memoriam: Those we lost in 2013

Dec 28, 2013

In memoriam: Those we lost in 2013

2013 saw the loss of a number of personalities who stood at the top of their respective fields. As the year quietly draws to a close, we reflect on those we lost, their contribution to the world and their ongoing legacy.

Have a superhero New Year's

Dec 26, 2013

Have a superhero New Year's

Here’s an opportunity to have an ultra-special time this holiday season. The popular Ultraman superheroes, including the superhero himself and new hero Ultraman Ginga, will be in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, from Dec. 27 until Jan. 5 for the Oshogatsu Dayo! Ultraman Zenin Shugo (It’s ...

'Ice monsters' are set to give you the chills

Dec 26, 2013

'Ice monsters' are set to give you the chills

Witness the “ice monsters” — one of Yamagata Prefecture’s natural wonders — in a special illuminated event this winter beginning on Dec. 28 at the Zao ropeway in Zao. The ‘”monsters” are actually trees covered in coatings of ice, which are known as juhyo ...

Making their wishes come true

Dec 21, 2013

Making their wishes come true

If you were granted one wish this Christmas, what would you wish for? For 17-year-old Mostafa Horie, the choice was simple: to see a Ferrari race car in action.

Upbeat in the face of adversity

Dec 21, 2013

Upbeat in the face of adversity

Twenty-four-year-old Yura Tsutsumi was first attracted to Yuta Suzuki after seeing how positive he was in everyday life. The pair met at university, where they had both studied nursing, and Tsutsumi soon realized that Suzuki was someone she could depend on. “He was always ...

Comiket, where <I>otaku</I> come to share the love

Dec 19, 2013

Comiket, where otaku come to share the love

The Tokyo International Exhibition Center, better known as Tokyo Big Sight, boasts an area of more than 80,000 sq. meters of exhibition space. It’s the country’s largest convention center and will host wrestling, fencing and taekwondo during the 2020 Olympics. Not many events can ...