Mount Fuji photo taken from Kyoto for first time

Sep 26, 2014

Mount Fuji photo taken from Kyoto for first time

The summit of Mount Fuji for the first time has been successfully photographed in far-away Kyoto Prefecture, one of 20 prefectures where, given the right conditions, the mountaintop can be viewed. According to Hiroshi Tashiro, a geographer and part-time lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University, ...

'My Fair Lady' wrapped in a geisha's kimono

Sep 17, 2014

'My Fair Lady' wrapped in a geisha's kimono

by Mark Schilling

The musical used to be among the rarest of Japanese film genres. Plenty of films here — going back to the early talkies — featured singing and dancing, but Broadway-style musicals, which integrate the songs into the story, never really caught on. Is a ...

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

Sep 12, 2014

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

by Chiho Iuchi

For Kyoto to continue growing as a tourism-oriented city, it must take steps that combine landscape planning with services, the mayor says. Fortunately, many aspects of Japanese culture that originated in Kyoto have gained international recognition in the past 20 years, even as the ...

30,000 urged to evacuate as downpours lash northern Kyoto

Sep 5, 2014

30,000 urged to evacuate as downpours lash northern Kyoto

Heavy rainfall was reported in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture early Friday morning, prompting local governments to issue evacuation advisories to more than 30,000 people, NHK reported Friday. In Ayabe, Kyoto, nearly 200 mm of rain, a record amount, fell in the three ...

Wena Poon on life and death in occupied Kyoto

Aug 23, 2014

Wena Poon on life and death in occupied Kyoto

by Suzanne Kamata

As a child living in a tiny apartment in Singapore, Wena Poon listened to radio plays broadcast in a variety of languages and watched TV — everything from Chinese sword-fighting operas to popular American series such as “M*A*S*H.” “There was nowhere to go outside,” ...

Aug 6, 2014

Moderate quake jolts parts of Kyoto, Osaka

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 shook parts of Kyoto and Osaka prefectures early Wednesday morning. The 1:17 a.m. quake originated in southern Kyoto Prefecture at a depth of around 10 km, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami alert has been issued. ...