Apr 9, 2017

Fujii wins men's bouldering World Cup opener

Kokoro Fujii won the men’s bouldering competition at the season opener of the IFSC Climbing World Cup tour on Saturday.The 24-year-old Fujii, who finished second in the overall World Cup rankings last season, earned 100 points for having the least number of attempts at ...

Nagano alpinist Hiraide wins Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize

Feb 17, 2017

Nagano alpinist Hiraide wins Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize

Japanese alpinist and mountain photographer Kazuya Hiraide, 37, won this year’s Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize, awarded for significant achievements in nature exploration, the prize organizer said.Born in the town of Fujimi, Nagano Prefecture, Hiraide became the first person to scale the southeastern wall of ...

Sep 18, 2016

Narasaki makes history at world climbing championships

Tomoa Narasaki won the D4 men’s bouldering classification final at the IFSC Climbing World Championships on Saturday, becoming the first Japanese to accomplish the feat in the newly introduced Olympic sport.On the fourth day of competition at the AccorHotels Arena, Narasaki, who is No. ...

Record 3,043 people lost in mountains in Japan in 2015

Jun 16, 2016

Record 3,043 people lost in mountains in Japan in 2015

The number of people who were reported missing in mountains across Japan in 2015 reached a record high of 3,043, up 249 from the previous year, police data showed Thursday.Of those, 335 died or remain unaccounted for, up 24, and 1,151 were injured, up ...

Comedian Nasubi climbs Mount Everest

May 19, 2016

Comedian Nasubi climbs Mount Everest

Japanese comedian Tomoaki Hamatsu, known by the stage name Nasubi, scaled Mount Everest on Thursday, according to an official from the Nepal Tourism Ministry.Hamatsu, 40, team leader Kenji Kondo, 53, and three other Japanese — Sumio Hibino, Ban Ito and Koki Nishida — successfully ...

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

Dec 12, 2015

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

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Nature lovers are scaling new heights with a hobby that provides a sense of adventure while promoting forest conservation.“Tree climbing” is becoming increasingly popular in Japan as a form of outdoor recreation that not only offers excitement but also rest and relaxation for overworked ...

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Sep 28, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday.Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also given the thumbs up under a proposal that will see ...

Sep 28, 2015

Everest climber who turned back to try again

A Japanese climber with only one finger, who failed over the weekend to reach the top of Mount Everest in his latest attempt, will try again within days, expedition organizers said Monday.Nobukazu Kuriki, who lost nine fingers to frostbite in 2012 on Everest, is ...

Aug 10, 2015

Nine dead, 30 injured in summer spots across Japan

At least nine people died and 30 were injured Sunday at various summer leisure spots across Japan, according to police and fire department reports.Among those killed were two people from Hyogo Prefecture — Shinji Fukamoto, 57, a company worker from Himeji, and Akiyo Sugi, ...