Ichinomiya uses manga to promote textile brand

| Jun 29, 2013

Ichinomiya uses manga to promote textile brand

A project to create costumes from the popular manga series “Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne” is under way in the textile hub of Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, which recently came up with the “Costume Town” concept to promote itself. The Ichinomiya Chamber of Commerce and Industry has ...

Mara the elephant slowly gets back on her feet

| Jun 8, 2013

Mara the elephant slowly gets back on her feet

Treatment for Mara, a baby female elephant with fractures in both of her front legs, continues at the Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Park in Aichi Prefecture. Japan doesn’t have prior experience dealing with bone fractures afflicting an Asian elephant. More than four months have ...

'Cosplay' summit's characters given life

| Jun 1, 2013

'Cosplay' summit's characters given life

The first group of official characters to represent this year’s World Cosplay Summit was recently revealed. Every year, people from all over the world don costumes worn by their favorite “anime” or TV game characters while attending the event in Nagoya. Last year, the ...

More women taking to plane spotting at Centrair

| May 25, 2013

More women taking to plane spotting at Centrair

More women have joined the groups of men taking photos of landing and departing aircraft at Central Japan International Airport (Centrair). Given the nickname “Sorami” (Sky Beauties), these women — who own high-quality camera equipment typically used by professional photographers — are willing to ...

Temple in Gifu seeks elderly disciples

| Apr 27, 2013

Temple in Gifu seeks elderly disciples

Shogen Junior College, a Buddhist institution in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, launched a unique course this month that trains elderly students to become Buddhist priests. The curriculum targets people in their 50s and 60s, even though they may find some of Buddhism’s strict ascetic practices ...