Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

Sep 12, 2014

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

by Chiho Iuchi

For Kyoto to continue growing as a tourism-oriented city, it must take steps that combine landscape planning with services, the mayor says. Fortunately, many aspects of Japanese culture that originated in Kyoto have gained international recognition in the past 20 years, even as the ...

Sep 12, 2014

Virgin Galactic again pushes back first space tourism flight

Virgin Galactic has again pushed back its time line for launching space-tourism flights from southern New Mexico’s Spaceport America. Virgin owner and British billionaire Richard Branson told David Letterman this week that he hopes to board the first flight early next year. The company ...

9/11 tributes reveal stories behind the names

Aug 23, 2014

9/11 tributes reveal stories behind the names

by Beth J. Harpaz

Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 Museum since it opened May 21. More have come ...

Shimane mascot boasts rice paddy art

Aug 20, 2014

Shimane mascot boasts rice paddy art

While there are many “yuru-kyara” mascots created to promote prefectures and municipalities nationwide, the one for Shimane Prefecture has grabbed public attention as rice-paddy art. Shimanekko, a cat mascot with the roof of the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine on top of its head, has ...