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Neon lights above Sapporo's famed nightlife district darkened by quake

Sep 7, 2018

Neon lights above Sapporo's famed nightlife district darkened by quake

The neon lights of Sapporo's famed Susukino entertainment district were still off Thursday night, the area's revelers replaced by people huddled in hotel lobby entrances or queuing for water and other bare essentials following the powerful earthquake that jolted the nation's northernmost island of ...

2020 Tokyo Games aim to take big step toward 'carbon-free' society

Jul 5, 2018

2020 Tokyo Games aim to take big step toward 'carbon-free' society

Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games comes with a massive environmental footprint. In fact, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee believes that making the games sustainable can only be achieved if it intensifies its efforts to showcase green technology innovations to the world at a time ...

Have you heard the one about the Japanese stand-up comic in Kenya?

Jan 2, 2018

Have you heard the one about the Japanese stand-up comic in Kenya?

Once in a while, a maverick who is eager to blaze a trail comes along in the entertainment world. Tokyo- and Chicago-based stand-up comedian Saku Yanagawa considers himself just that — a world-traveling comic who delivers his unique, biting perspective shaped by life lived in ...

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Dec 29, 2016

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Few instruments are as integral to a nation's traditional culture as Japan's shamisen, whose evocative sound accompanies a range of performances from kabuki and puppet plays to folk songs and geisha entertainments in teahouses. But in the 21st century, the three-stringed instrument is facing something ...