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Exploring Sapporo Snow Festival's winter wonderland

Feb 10, 2016

Exploring Sapporo Snow Festival's winter wonderland

Soaking in an event as elaborate as the annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido's largest city over a single weekend means getting off on steady footing in more ways than one. For festival-goers, there is the danger of slipping on the icy roads as they ...

A date with Tsukiji fish market's bluefin tuna auction

Jan 2, 2016

A date with Tsukiji fish market's bluefin tuna auction

To sleep or not to sleep? This was the question I was considering the night before a 3 a.m. rendezvous for a guided tour of Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, the highlight of which was viewing the famous bluefin tuna auction. Considering the late hours I keep, ...

Will lower voting age bring youths to polls?

/ Jul 2, 2015

Will lower voting age bring youths to polls?

In the United States it took political activism triggered by protests over the Vietnam War to start serious debate about lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. But for Japan, a nation where the burgeoning elderly population calls the shots and political apathy and ...

Defying death and all that jazz: Shunzo Ohno's story

Jun 17, 2015

Defying death and all that jazz: Shunzo Ohno's story

Shunzo Ohno, trumpet at his side, buzzes his lips as he loosens up for the next song — his vibrating mouth a thing of marvel, given all he has been through. To look at him on stage, a laid-back musician in an orange blazer and ...

Furuya, Tamura help Marines cage Lions

/ May 9, 2015

Furuya, Tamura help Marines cage Lions

Takuya Furuya just got the job done with five innings of two-run ball and catcher Tatsuhiro Tamura hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before providing an encore with a two-run single as the Chiba Lotte Marines defeated the Seibu Lions 10-2 on Saturday afternoon. Backed by ...

Francisco lifts Giants to victory in NPB debut

/ May 2, 2015

Francisco lifts Giants to victory in NPB debut

Former major league slugger Juan Francisco came up with the much-needed big hit in his first game in Japanese baseball as the Yomiuri Giants held off the rival Hanshin Tigers 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. Shintaro Fujinami and lefty Aaron Poreda had waged a fierce pitching ...

Kinjo blast lifts Giants to win over BayStars

/ Apr 15, 2015

Kinjo blast lifts Giants to win over BayStars

Tatsuhiko Kinjo hit a three-run homer against his former club as the Yomiuri Giants defeated the Yokohama BayStars 3-0 on a breezy night in Yokohama on Wednesday. Lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi had settled down in a heated pitching duel against Guillermo Moscoso with neither man showing ...