Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

Aug 28, 2016

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

The city of Gose in Nara Prefecture on Saturday set a new world record for nagashi somen — noodles flowing in water through a line of bamboo flumes — over a 3,317-meter (10,883-foot) stretch. The previous record holder was the commerce and industry association ...

Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

Jun 23, 2016

Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

A common sight at summer festivals is people crouched over pools trying in vain to catch goldfish with a paper scoop. If only they knew how to do it. “You need to level the poi (paper scoop) underwater and scoop the goldfish from the ...

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

Jun 22, 2016

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

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Naomi Kawase has always been an outlier in the Japanese film world, if a very successful one. Born and raised in Nara Prefecture, the site of Japan’s ancient capital, she started making documentaries while a student at the Osaka School of Photography in the ...

Mar 4, 2016

JW Marriott hotel to open in Nara in 2020

A luxury hotel run by Marriott International Inc. will open in the spring of 2020 in the ancient city of Nara, according to real estate developer Mori Trust Co. The JW Marriott Hotel Nara will be the first foreign luxury hotel in Nara Prefecture, ...

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

Jul 6, 2015

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

A 26-year-old man arrested Sunday for allegedly confining an 11-year-old schoolgirl has admitted to kidnapping her, the Nara Prefectural Police said Monday. “I forced her into my car,” the police quoted Masaru Ito as saying. Ito, of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, also allegedly said he ...