Jan 5, 2015

Wakayama father held for torching son in car

Police on Sunday arrested a 71-year-old man in Wakayama on suspicion of attempting to burn his 40-year-old son to death. Akihiro Kusaka asked a neighbor at around 10:15 p.m. to call the police and tell them that his father had set him on fire. ...

Soaking up the very best of Wakayama's hot springs

Dec 20, 2014

Soaking up the very best of Wakayama's hot springs

by Mandy Bartok

The two sounds occur almost simultaneously: Just as my cellphone alarm begins its melodious chime to rouse me from sleep, the dark clouds above my guesthouse in the town of Tanabe on the Kii Peninsula burst forth with a pounding rain. Within minutes, it’s ...

Wakayama plum burger draws rave reviews

Dec 4, 2014

Wakayama plum burger draws rave reviews

Why doesn’t the Japanese plum feature more in cuisine? One bakery’s novel plum patties are getting rave reviews in Wakayama Prefecture, an area renowned for its plum orchards. Hirokawa-based Bakery Kawa’s Kishu Ume Burger is made from chicken and “nanko ume,” a variety of ...

Wakayama firm puts old twist on mosquito coils

Aug 13, 2014

Wakayama firm puts old twist on mosquito coils

by Yuika Kawazoe

Production of mosquito coils using home-grown pyrethrum has resumed after a long interval in Arida, Wakayama Prefecture, regarded as the birthplace of “katori senko,” Japan’s spiral version of mosquito repelling incense. The coils are produced manually at Ishii Jochugiku Kogyosho K.K. by workers who ...