Saito Kinen Festival to be renamed after maestro Ozawa

Aug 4, 2014

Saito Kinen Festival to be renamed after maestro Ozawa

Conductor Seiji Ozawa said Monday that Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, a musical event in which he serves as general director, will be renamed Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in 2015. The use of the world-renowned Ozawa’s name is aimed at increasing worldwide recognition of the ...

Aug 4, 2014

Bear breaks out of trap, attacks man in Nagano orchard

A wild bear that had just escaped from a trap attacked an elderly man in an apple orchard in the city of Nagano, seriously injuring him, police said. Toyoaki Kamisawa, 71, who lives near the orchard in the Wakahoshina district, received injuries to his ...

Jul 10, 2014

Boy dies in Nagano mudslide, after record downpour

A boy was killed in a mudslide caused by torrential rain in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, local police and firefighters said. According to the prefectural government and other authorities, the mudslide occurred at a tributary of the Kiso River in the late afternoon, ...

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

Jul 5, 2014

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

by Mark Brazil

At a little roadside store in rural Nagano, a foreign tourist is miming a rice bowl with her cupped left hand. Firm in the belief that Japanese washi (paper — wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper) was made from rice, she waves her ...

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

Jun 21, 2014

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

by Paul Murphy

It’s been 20 years since mass murderers came to Toshie Koibuchi’s tiny street. It was the night of June 27, 1994. She was then 50, a housewife living with her husband and mother in a slightly upmarket residential area of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Koibuchi ...

Snow-hit tourist sites try to regroup

Feb 21, 2014

Snow-hit tourist sites try to regroup

A week after record snow hit the Kanto-Koshin region for the second time within the month, tourist destinations in Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures are trying to lure back visitors after their numbers plunged due to road closures. Nagano Prefecture, flooded with queries regarding the ...