Tatami rides wave of newfound popularity among overseas visitors

Jan 5, 2017

Tatami rides wave of newfound popularity among overseas visitors

Tatami mats, a trapping of traditional Japanese life, are attracting the attention of growing numbers of tourists from overseas. To meet the newfound demand, lodgings, including high-end urban hotels, are publicizing Japanese-style rooms featuring the traditional mats. At the Hotel Grand Ark Hanzomon, tatami ...

Jan 2, 2017

Snap! Selfie-seeking tourist bitten by Thai crocodile

A French tourist was bitten by a crocodile inside a Thai national park as she tried to get close to the fearsome animal to take a selfie, an official said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in Khao Yai, a popular ...

Yangon rail system to get upgrade

Dec 31, 2016

Yangon rail system to get upgrade

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Tourists visiting Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, could lose one of the star attractions of the former capital after the railway that encircles the city is upgraded with the help of Japanese investment. While the responsibility for upgrading the 46 km (28.5 miles) of track ...

Dec 27, 2016

Seven missing after freak rains drench Australia's outback

Unusual torrential rain in Australia’s outback turned the Uluru monolith into a series of cascading waterfalls and triggered flash floods, and seven people are missing including a Japanese tourist who was swept away in a car and an Australian family. Police were using helicopters ...

Dec 27, 2016

Indian police arrest four men on charges of raping American tourist

Indian police arrested four men, including a bell boy of a five-star hotel in the national capital, on Monday for allegedly raping an American tourist in April, police said, highlighting the dangers faced by women in the country from violent sex attacks. The 25-year-old ...

In town of Jesus' birth, craftsmen take on Chinese knockoffs

Dec 23, 2016

In town of Jesus' birth, craftsmen take on Chinese knockoffs

Christmas is approaching and pilgrims and tourists have begun to arrive, crowding the souvenir shops that line the narrow streets and alleys of Bethlehem, the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace. But when visitors choose to take a piece of the Holy Land back ...