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Japanese and other tourists flock to Uluru as climbing ban looms

World Aug 11, 2019

Japanese and other tourists flock to Uluru as climbing ban looms

At the base of Uluru are signs in seven languages asking people to reconsider climbing the landmark, once known as Ayers Rock. The signs briefly outline the beliefs of the Anangu — the indigenous, traditional owners of Uluru and its surrounding lands — who see ...

Australia finds a ready Japan market for 'pest' sea urchin

Business Feb 5, 2019

Australia finds a ready Japan market for 'pest' sea urchin

The island of Tasmania has long been renowned for producing some of Australia's tastiest seafood. But when warming seas allowed a foreign species of sea urchin to move farther south, devastating valuable fisheries, local businesses tried to innovate and ended up fostering a new industry ...

Australia's only Japanese winemaker serves no wine before its time

Food & Drink Jul 13, 2018

Australia's only Japanese winemaker serves no wine before its time

"Wine is just a drink. If it's not delicious, it's not worth talking about," explains Japanese winemaker Atsuko Radcliffe matter-of-factly. Speaking from her cellar door in the Upper Hunter Valley, roughly 250 kilometers northwest of Sydney, Radcliffe talks about wine in a casual and approachable ...

Food & Drink Apr 14, 2018

New Zealand's first and only sake brewery turning heads

New Zealand is famous for its award-winning wines, but now the country's first and only sake brewery is making a name for itself on the world stage. Located in the hills behind Queenstown's bustling city center, Zenkuro Sake has only been in business for three ...

Seven years on, Japanese bereaved remember Christchurch earthquake

National Feb 22, 2018

Seven years on, Japanese bereaved remember Christchurch earthquake

New Zealand on Thursday marked the seventh anniversary of an earthquake that devastated the South Island city of Christchurch in 2011, killing 185 people and injuring thousands. Of the victims, 115 died in the six-story Canterbury Television building — which collapsed in the 6.3 magnitude ...