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 ...

Gifu opens women-only dorm for drug addicts

| Apr 20, 2013

Gifu opens women-only dorm for drug addicts

A month has passed since drug rehabilitation center Gifu Darc opened the first dormitory in the Tokai region for female addicts. The center, in the city of Gifu, currently has only one female patient, 28, who was identified only by the pseudonym Aya, who ...

Aichi tries to hang on to female doctors

| Apr 13, 2013

Aichi tries to hang on to female doctors

Starting from April, female doctors with children at Fujita Health University Hospital in Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture, who need shorter working hours to care for their young will have the option of working 20 or 30 hours a week, instead of the regular 40 hours. ...

Myanmar beautician has Tsu-do list

| Mar 23, 2013

Myanmar beautician has Tsu-do list

Aspiring Myanmar beautician Yin Myat Noe Aung came to Japan with the hope of opening her own salon back home one day. The 23-year-old, who graduated this month from a beauty school in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, said she wants to introduce and make Japanese ...