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Must-visit museums in the castle town of Kanazawa

Travel Jan 25, 2019

Must-visit museums in the castle town of Kanazawa

by Louise George Kittaka

With its well-preserved samurai and geisha districts, various temples and traditional crafts, the castle town of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture is often nicknamed "Little Kyoto." Although Kenrokuen Garden and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art get the most tourism buzz, the city has ...

Sumo 101: Sumo's birthplace

Sumo Jan 25, 2019

Sumo 101: Sumo's birthplace

by John Gunning

Ryogoku is the center of the sumo world. The district on the east bank of the Sumida River is home to Ryogoku Kokugikan and several stables. There are also numerous sumo specific- stores, shrines and museums in the area. Despite all that, Ryogoku can't claim to be ...

Tamawashi pulls ahead after Hakuho drops third straight

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 25, 2019

Tamawashi pulls ahead after Hakuho drops third straight

Newly promoted sekiwake Takakeisho handed yokozuna Hakuho his third straight loss on Friday at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho gave up his share of the lead, falling one win behind Tamawashi (11-2) with two days remaining in the 15-day tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku ...

Japan drawn with two-time champion Chile for Copa America

Soccer Jan 25, 2019

Japan drawn with two-time champion Chile for Copa America

Japan has been drawn with two-time defending champion Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador in Group C for this year's Copa America in Brazil, the South American Football Confederation announced Thursday. The Samurai Blue, currently ranked 50th by FIFA, will open their campaign against No. 13 Chile ...