Four expressways are linked by new Tokyo metropolitan ring route

Oct 31, 2015

Four expressways are linked by new Tokyo metropolitan ring route

An expressway that circles the Tokyo metropolitan area was extended Saturday to link four major expressways reaching the capital from western, central and northeastern Japan. The Ken-O Expressway, which runs a ring route 40 to 60 kilometers from central Tokyo, connected the four expressways—the ...

Agency names beauty pageant contestants as Japan tourism envoys

Oct 28, 2015

Agency names beauty pageant contestants as Japan tourism envoys

The Japan Tourism Agency on Tuesday appointed contestants from 72 countries and regions in this year’s Miss International Beauty Pageant slated for Nov. 5 in Tokyo as special ambassadors for tourism in Japan. The agency hopes that the contestants will disseminate information about Japan’s ...

WMF calls for Tokyo's Tsukiji wooden buildings to be preserved

Oct 16, 2015

WMF calls for Tokyo's Tsukiji wooden buildings to be preserved

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) on Thursday released its 2016 World Monuments Watch list, calling for the preservation of 50 cultural heritage sites at risk in 36 countries, including some 30 small wooden buildings in Tokyo’s Tsukiji district. The buildings came into existence after ...

Mayors of Tokyo, London sign city friendship agreement

Oct 14, 2015

Mayors of Tokyo, London sign city friendship agreement

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe and London Mayor Boris Johnson signed a friendship agreement between their cities on Wednesday. Under the pact, Tokyo and London will deepen cooperation in six fields, including culture and tourism. They will consult each other on two major sports tournaments, ...

East Asia enjoys the sweet success of just desserts

Sep 26, 2015

East Asia enjoys the sweet success of just desserts

From Champagne shaved ice to bamboo charcoal-flavored ice cream, desserts in East Asia are coming into their own as ever-more inventive chefs look to satisfy the region’s increasingly adventurous diners. While Michelin-starred restaurants have long served the foodies of Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, ...