Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Apr 17, 2014

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

by Magdalena Osumi

Stories of Ooka Tadasuke (1677-1751) have been passed down through generations. He was also known as Ooka Echizen, the governor of the province of Echizen, which was located in present-day Fukui Prefecture. At that time, he served under the eighth Tokugawa shogun, Yoshimune. A ...

This weekend, every dog can have its day

Apr 10, 2014

This weekend, every dog can have its day

by Magdalena Osumi

Throughout history, dogs have played a key role in humans’ lives. In ancient times, some civilizations saw them as being linked to gods, others believed they could prevent death, and some saw their company as helpful in curing illnesses. Now regarded as pets, they ...

Party with the <I>yuru-kyara </I>in Saitama

Mar 26, 2014

Party with the yuru-kyara in Saitama

by Jun Hongo

On March 30, Kibitan, Fukushima Prefecture’s Narcissus Flycatcher bird mascot is joining other yuru-kyara regional mascots from across Saitama Prefecture in an event to support the recovery efforts in regions of northeastern Japan affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. ...

All aboard Chiba Prefecture's Lab Train

Mar 20, 2014

All aboard Chiba Prefecture's Lab Train

by Magdalena Osumi

The easternmost point of the Kanto region in Chiba Prefecture offers panoramic views of the coastline with rugged towering cliffs that resemble those of Dover — one of England’s most recognizable landmarks. It’s a place that many visit to watch Japan’s first winter sunrise. ...