Kyotographie is jazzed up with notable photography

Apr 14, 2015

Kyotographie is jazzed up with notable photography

by John L. Tran

The curtain is about to rise on the 3rd Kyotographie festival of photography, and Lucille Reyboz, one of the two co-organizers, says that this is the most exciting but also most difficult time of the year. It’s a time to be “dokidoki” as she ...

Kyoto issues souvenir marriage certificates to foreign newlyweds

Apr 10, 2015

Kyoto issues souvenir marriage certificates to foreign newlyweds

The city of Kyoto on Friday began issuing marriage certificates to foreigners who wed in the ancient capital and delivered the first one to a British couple. The certificate bears the signature of Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa and contains a congratulatory message from him. ...

Ineffable dining in Kyoto

Apr 10, 2015

Ineffable dining in Kyoto

by Robbie Swinnerton

Spring is here, and Kyoto is calling us. The old capital is ablaze with blossom, fresh foliage and the exhilaration that winter is over. This is a magical time of year — not just for sightseeing, but for eating out, too, with all the ...

Apr 8, 2015

Machine oil sprayed in Nijo Castle, Nara shrine

An oily substance was found splattered at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage site in Kyoto, and at a shrine in Nara Prefecture. Officials who manage Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, said they found oil stains at some ...

Survivor of '05 Amagasaki derailment writes book on ordeal

Apr 5, 2015

Survivor of '05 Amagasaki derailment writes book on ordeal

Aiko Okazaki, one of the most seriously injured survivors of the deadly Amagasaki train derailment in Hyogo Prefecture in 2005, has taken a positive outlook on life since returning from the verge of death. A decade after the accident killed 107 commuters on the ...

Michelle Obama arriving in Tokyo on Wednesday

Mar 17, 2015

Michelle Obama arriving in Tokyo on Wednesday

A visit to a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine in Kyoto and a meeting with students in Siem Reap will feature in U.S. first lady Michelle Obama’s five-day tour this week to Japan and Cambodia, the White House said. The main purpose of the ...