Soaking up the very best of Wakayama's hot springs

Dec 20, 2014

Soaking up the very best of Wakayama's hot springs

by Mandy Bartok

The two sounds occur almost simultaneously: Just as my cellphone alarm begins its melodious chime to rouse me from sleep, the dark clouds above my guesthouse in the town of Tanabe on the Kii Peninsula burst forth with a pounding rain. Within minutes, it’s ...

Wakayama plum burger draws rave reviews

Dec 4, 2014

Wakayama plum burger draws rave reviews

Why doesn’t the Japanese plum feature more in cuisine? One bakery’s novel plum patties are getting rave reviews in Wakayama Prefecture, an area renowned for its plum orchards. Hirokawa-based Bakery Kawa’s Kishu Ume Burger is made from chicken and “nanko ume,” a variety of ...

Wakayama firm puts old twist on mosquito coils

Aug 13, 2014

Wakayama firm puts old twist on mosquito coils

by Yuika Kawazoe

Production of mosquito coils using home-grown pyrethrum has resumed after a long interval in Arida, Wakayama Prefecture, regarded as the birthplace of “katori senko,” Japan’s spiral version of mosquito repelling incense. The coils are produced manually at Ishii Jochugiku Kogyosho K.K. by workers who ...

Weakening Typhoon Halong still brings heavy rains to Hokkaido

Aug 11, 2014

Weakening Typhoon Halong still brings heavy rains to Hokkaido

Typhoon Halong weakened into an extra-tropical depression Monday in the Sea of Japan after claiming 10 lives and leaving two others missing. The Meteorological Agency called for vigilance as the season’s 11th typhoon spun northward after the downgrade, dumping rain and strong winds on ...

Campaigners rally against Japan's dolphin hunting

Jan 24, 2014

Campaigners rally against Japan's dolphin hunting

Activists protesting Japan’s indigenous dolphin hunting held a rally in Tokyo Friday, calling on officials to stop sales of the marine mammals to aquariums and as meat. Some two dozen campaigners, mostly Japanese, congregated in front of the Fisheries Agency with banners and pictures, ...

Sea Shepherd: Dolphin roundup biggest in four years

Jan 22, 2014

Sea Shepherd: Dolphin roundup biggest in four years

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, have finished killing about 40 dolphins targeted for their meat as part of a larger group trapped recently in what activists say was the biggest roundup they have witnessed in the last four annual hunts. Sea Shepherd, best known ...

Freighter, trawlers collide, leaving two fishermen dead

Jan 17, 2014

Freighter, trawlers collide, leaving two fishermen dead

In the second deadly maritime accident this week, two fisherman were killed after a pair of trawlers collided Friday morning with a cargo ship, officials said. The 499-ton freighter Shinriki Maru reported to the Japan Coast Guard a little after 8 a.m. that the ...