Moss-viewing trips catching on among women

Jul 27, 2015

Moss-viewing trips catching on among women

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One day in June, a group of 17 people, mostly women wearing colorful outfits, got together at a scenic lakeside area at the foot of Mount Kita-Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture. Instead of using binoculars to look at the panorama around them, these people were ...

Hakone eruptions worry local, not foreign visitors

Jul 2, 2015

Hakone eruptions worry local, not foreign visitors

While local tourists have been shying away from the Owakudani district after volcanic activity was detected in the popular hot spring resort town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, foreign tourists seem to be undeterred by the news. It’s likely that their travel plans have ...

Jun 18, 2015

Pope to blame profiteers for killing the planet

Pope Francis will call Thursday on the world’s leaders to pull together to fight global warming, publishing his hotly anticipated thesis on the environment that slams profiteers and slaves to progress. Released six months ahead of a key climate change meeting in Paris, Francis’s ...

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment directive

Jun 15, 2015

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment directive

Pope Francis is looking for a global audience for his upcoming encyclical on the environment, saying Sunday that it is meant for everyone, not just Catholics. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square ...