Jul 31, 2014

Pregnant women no longer warned to avoid onsen

by Mizuho Aoki

For the first time in 32 years, pregnant women can bathe in an onsen this summer without worrying about harming themselves or their unborn baby, according to a new government guideline. Under the new guideline adopted in July, the Environment Ministry removed pregnant women ...

Make a splash on a family outing

| Apr 18, 2014

Make a splash on a family outing

by Jason Jenkins

Spring has arrived, and with it a taste of the sunny, sweltering climate to come. Longer days and warmer rays make my kids thirst for a swimming pool. However, Japan’s outdoor swimming season doesn’t officially begin for months, and indoor locations such as Tokyo ...

Town enjoys splash before deluge

Jan 20, 2014

Town enjoys splash before deluge

Residents of the Gunma Prefecture town of Naganohara on Monday gathered to participate in an annual hot-spring water splashing festival at Kawara-yu Onsen. Monday’s festival was the last to be held here because the resort has to prepare to move out before it is ...

May 3, 2011

Mental care for children

Many schools in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have started the new school year. Some schools, though, have no choice except to begin classes in early May because school buildings were damaged or were being used as temporary shelters for ...