Hokkaido sheep farmer feeds flock on asparagus

Jan 21, 2016

Hokkaido sheep farmer feeds flock on asparagus

Sheep farmer Takanori Nishikawa, from Bibai, Hokkaido, is finding growing demand for premium lamb and mutton raised on asparagus. Nishikawa, 46, is not a farmer by birth. He owns a construction company inherited from his father. He had no experience of animal husbandry when ...

The frayed edges of modern Japan

Jan 19, 2016

The frayed edges of modern Japan

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In the Edo Period (1603-1868) and the years that followed, Japan made strenuous efforts to bring together its patchwork of feudal regions into a strongly centralized state with a unified culture. Accordingly, the nation now is one of the most homogenous in the world. ...

Geminid meteor shower lights up Hokkaido sky

Dec 15, 2015

Geminid meteor shower lights up Hokkaido sky

The annual Geminid meteor shower peaked Monday night in the sky over northeastern Japan. Geminid meteors radiate from near stars Castor and Pollux, the brightest in the constellation Gemini. They arise out of tiny pieces of comet debris that enter the Earth’s upper atmosphere ...