Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

May 21, 2016

Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

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A pilgrimage route stretching across Shikoku, one of Japan’s four main islands, has recently been attracting more non-Japanese visitors with various cultural and religious backgrounds. Some of these pilgrims view the walk as a spiritual journey, while others want to make the pilgrimage for ...

Hooded cranes test new winter homes in Shikoku

Jan 9, 2016

Hooded cranes test new winter homes in Shikoku

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About 300 hooded cranes have arrived in three prefectures in Shikoku since late October, a rare gathering of the birds outside the Izumi Plain in Kagoshima Prefecture that is drawing attention on whether Shikoku will become a new wintering spot for them. The first ...

Typhoon Nangka leaves two dead; 550,000 told to flee

Jul 17, 2015

Typhoon Nangka leaves two dead; 550,000 told to flee

Two died, evacuation orders and recommendations were issued to some 555,000 people, and 32 people sustained injuries of varying degrees nationwide Friday as Typhoon Nangka headed north over Shikoku toward the Chugoku region in western Honshu. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said that ...

Oct 1, 2014

Four more utilities stop signing contracts for purchasing renewable energy

Four more regional utilities said Tuesday they will stop signing contracts to buy renewable energy from mega solar power plants and other suppliers, citing transmission network capacity limitations. The move by the regional utilities serving Shikoku, Hokkaido, Tohoku and Okinawa follows Kyushu Electric Power ...

Powerful typhoon on course for Saturday landfall in Shikoku

Aug 8, 2014

Powerful typhoon on course for Saturday landfall in Shikoku

Typhoon Halong is expected to make landfall on Shikoku Saturday after bringing heavy rain, high waves and strong winds to southern Kyushu, the Meteorological Agency said Friday. The typhoon, the 11th of the year, is expected to dump more precipitation on rain-soaked Shikoku before ...