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The white rose that blossoms in the rain

Lifestyle Oct 6, 2019

The white rose that blossoms in the rain

by Alex Martin

White Rose Co. invented the plastic umbrella in the 1950s when Mitsuo Sudo was inspired by vinyl tablecloths brought to Japan by occupation forces. Now it's just one of few makers weathering the storm of cheap, mass-produced imports.

How 'Heidi' sparked an anime revolution in Japan

TV Oct 6, 2019

How 'Heidi' sparked an anime revolution in Japan

by Nathalie Olof-Ors

Heidi and Super Mario may not seem to have much in common but anime and video game aficionados will detect the signature style of Japanese character designer Yoichi Kotabe in both. Far from the Swiss Alps, the cherished 19th-century storybook character Heidi played an unlikely ...

Springboks call in 'bomb squad' against Canada

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

Springboks call in 'bomb squad' against Canada

The Springboks will give some of their "bomb squad" a chance to start against Canada at the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday. That means that some of "the 15" will have to fill in on the bomb squad. And the rest of the 15 ...

All Blacks wary of potential Japan matchup in quarterfinals

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

All Blacks wary of potential Japan matchup in quarterfinals

After being pushed surprisingly hard by Namibia in Tokyo on Sunday, All Blacks coaches and players were bombarded with questions from local media about the prospect of a marquee quarterfinal matchup with Japan. As undisputed rugby royalty, the All Blacks have captured the hearts of ...

Hawks bounce back to even series with Eagles

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Oct 6, 2019

Hawks bounce back to even series with Eagles

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks extended their season for another day, beating the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 6-4 on Sunday to even their Pacific League Climax Series first stage at one game apiece. Shuhei Fukuda broke a 4-4 tie, blasting a hanging forkball from Eagles starter ...

Antlers take over league lead with away win

Soccer / J. League Oct 6, 2019

Antlers take over league lead with away win

The Kashima Antlers moved to the top of the J. League first division on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Cerezo Osaka thanks to Tomoya Inukai’s sixth-minute header. The Antlers moved two points clear of FC Tokyo, which lost 2-1 on Saturday at relegation-threatened Sagan ...

France beats Tonga to reach Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

France beats Tonga to reach Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

France held off a spirited Tonga comeback to win 23-21 on Sunday and join group rival England in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals. Les Bleus lost 19-14 to Tonga eight years ago in one of the tournament's big upsets. This time Tonga rallied from 17-0 ...

Kazuki Himeno turning into hero for Japan

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

Kazuki Himeno turning into hero for Japan

Kazuki Himeno may be playing in his first Rugby World Cup, but the young star has become a dominant force in Japan's campaign to reach the knockout stage for the first time. The 25-year-old contributed to the Brave Blossoms' 38-19 victory over Samoa on Saturday ...

Didi Gregorius grand slam powers Yankees to win

Baseball / MLB Oct 6, 2019

Didi Gregorius grand slam powers Yankees to win

Masahiro Tanaka held the visitors to a run over five innings on Saturday, while a grand slam from Didi Gregorius powered the New York Yankees to an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins for a two-game lead in the American League Division Series. The Japanese ...

Novak Djokovic takes Japan Open with eye on Tokyo Olympics

Tennis Oct 6, 2019

Novak Djokovic takes Japan Open with eye on Tokyo Olympics

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic clinched the Japan Open on Sunday, dispelling concerns about the shoulder injury that forced him out of the U.S. Open. The Serbian star crushed Australian qualifier John Millman 6-3, 6-2 to mark his 10th win in a tournament main draw ...

Rockets train in Tokyo ahead of Saitama series

Basketball / NBA Oct 6, 2019

Rockets train in Tokyo ahead of Saitama series

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Superstar duo James Harden and Russell Westbrook and other Houston Rockets players have arrived in Japan and held their first practice in Tokyo on Sunday ahead of their two-game preseason series against the Toronto Raptors. The two teams will compete on Tuesday and Thursday night ...

Japanese men set Asian record in 4x100 relay

More Sports / Track & Field Oct 6, 2019

Japanese men set Asian record in 4x100 relay

The Japanese men's team set a new Asian record in the 4x100-meter relay at the athletics world championships on Saturday and finished third to secure a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The team of Shuhei Tada, Kirara Shiraishi, Yoshihide Kiryu and Abdul Hakim Sani ...

All Blacks overcome early struggles to crush Namibia

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

All Blacks overcome early struggles to crush Namibia

For about 30 minutes on Sunday, Namibia looked very much New Zealand's equal, the African nation that has yet to win at the Rugby World Cup giving as good as it got until the inevitable talent gap allowed the Kiwis to run away with ...