Jun 28, 2015

Stationmaster cat Tama mourned, turned into goddess in Wakayama

Tama the stationmaster, the feline star of a struggling Japanese railway, has been mourned by railway officials and fans and elevated to a goddess at a funeral. The calico cat was appointed stationmaster of Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture in 2007. In her custom-made ...

Wakayama's popular 'stationmaster' cat Tama, 16, dies

Jun 25, 2015

Wakayama's popular 'stationmaster' cat Tama, 16, dies

Tama, a cat “stationmaster” of a railway station in Wakayama Prefecture whose immense popularity helped boost the railway’s revenues and the local sightseeing industry, died Monday at a local animal hospital aged 16 years and two months, the equivalent of about 80 years in ...

Jan 5, 2015

Wakayama father held for torching son in car

Police on Sunday arrested a 71-year-old man in Wakayama on suspicion of attempting to burn his 40-year-old son to death. Akihiro Kusaka asked a neighbor at around 10:15 p.m. to call the police and tell them that his father had set him on fire. ...

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 ...