Okayama girl, 5, youngest to be deemed 'yokai' ghost world expert

Nov 26, 2015

Okayama girl, 5, youngest to be deemed 'yokai' ghost world expert

A 5-year-old girl has become the youngest expert on Japan’s yokai, a world of ghosts and other supernatural beings, according to the test organizers in the city of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, where famous yokai manga artist Shigeru Mizuki comes from. Mana Umemoto, from the ...

Oct 19, 2015

Tottori rocked by spate of quakes

A series of earthquakes registering 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 shook Tottori Prefecture on Sunday, raising fears among local residents. The first quake hit at 8:30 a.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2, followed by a temblor at 8:36 a.m. ...

Tottori Starbucks opening draws 1,000 people

May 23, 2015

Tottori Starbucks opening draws 1,000 people

About 1,000 people lined up Saturday for the opening of the first Starbucks outlet in Tottori Prefecture. Japan’s least populated prefecture was the last in which the coffee chain lacked a presence. The outlet, near a train station in the city of Tottori, the ...

Tottori Airport bets on Conan to reel in tourists

Mar 16, 2015

Tottori Airport bets on Conan to reel in tourists

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Can a boy detective succeed in luring more foreign tourists to a small western prefecture? Shinji Hirai, governor of Tottori Prefecture, sure thinks so. The boy to whom Hirai has entrusted his dream of promoting Tottori Airport and consequently Tottori, is named Conan Edogawa. ...

Aug 20, 2014

Sakaiminato mayor to visit North Korea

The mayor of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, is set to visit a special economic zone in northeastern North Korea on Thursday, city government officials said on Tuesday. Mayor Katsuji Nakamura will apparently be the first local government head in Japan to visit North Korea since ...

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

Dec 19, 2013

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

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Daigo Ishibashi, 40, got a lump in his throat when the Tottori Prefectural Assembly passed a groundbreaking sign language promotion ordinance in early October, the first of its kind in Japan. “I felt proud. It was a historic day,” Ishibashi, secretary-general of the Tottori ...