Row about Japan's hot-spring symbol ends in compromise

Apr 5, 2017

Row about Japan's hot-spring symbol ends in compromise

Japanese innkeepers and the industry ministry have compromised in a dispute over a plan to change an iconic pictogram for hot springs — allowing the use of both the old mark and a new one. The conflict originated from studies launched by the Ministry of ...

Make a splash on a family outing

| Apr 18, 2014

Make a splash on a family outing

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Spring has arrived, and with it a taste of the sunny, sweltering climate to come. Longer days and warmer rays make my kids thirst for a swimming pool. However, Japan's outdoor swimming season doesn't officially begin for months, and indoor locations such as Tokyo ...

Town enjoys splash before deluge

Jan 20, 2014

Town enjoys splash before deluge

Residents of the Gunma Prefecture town of Naganohara on Monday gathered to participate in an annual hot-spring water splashing festival at Kawara-yu Onsen. Monday's festival was the last to be held here because the resort has to prepare to move out before it is submerged ...

May 3, 2011

Mental care for children

Many schools in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have started the new school year. Some schools, though, have no choice except to begin classes in early May because school buildings were damaged or were being used as temporary shelters for ...