Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Feb 20, 2017

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Four days have passed since a fire broke out at a warehouse used by office supply vender Askul Corp. in Saitama Prefecture, but there are still no prospects for putting it out, firefighters said. The three-story warehouse spans 72,000 sq. meters of floor space ...

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

Jan 7, 2017

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

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Stepping off the bus at the Gakko-iriguchi stop in Higashi-Chichibu Village in Saitama Prefecture, the first things to strike the eye are high-flying clusters of balloons, suspended like colorful dirigibles. Here, the workshops and exhibition spaces of Washi-no-Sato, a well-known papermaking center tucked into ...

Out of the ordinary comes a new art festival

Sep 20, 2016

Out of the ordinary comes a new art festival

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I’ve never been comfortable with the idea that Japan has three “most beautiful” places. It’s a tradition, or a received wisdom, if you like, to rank the triad of the land bridge Ama-no Hashidate, the rocky islands of Matsushima and the sacred torii in ...

All teen suspects in Saitama slaying deny murderous intent

Aug 29, 2016

All teen suspects in Saitama slaying deny murderous intent

All five teenagers arrested last week for allegedly killing a 16-year-old boy in Saitama Prefecture have denied murderous intent while admitting that they physically assaulted him, according to investigative sources. But because their statements have been inconsistent since they were arrested, investigators are still ...