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When 'Amuraa' ruled Japan

Music Sep 12, 2018

When 'Amuraa' ruled Japan

When pop diva Namie Amuro took the music scene by storm, she not only captivated throngs of girls and women with her performances but also inspired their fashion, spawning the "Amuraa" look of the mid-1990s. Clad in a miniskirt and thick-soled boots, with her hair ...

Japan's pet detectives

Lifestyle Apr 14, 2018

Japan's pet detectives

Myriad spiritual and high-tech options are available to help owners find their missing animals, but human trackers are still the best bet.

A fuzzy tale of Japan's famous cats in hats

Lifestyle Mar 18, 2018

A fuzzy tale of Japan's famous cats in hats

When Ryo Yamazaki picked up a chunk of one of his cat's shed fur and fashioned it on top of his Scottish fold's head in a Trump-esque quiff, he did it for a laugh. Little did he know that the photo he took and posted ...

Shogi showdown pits 'god' against 'genius'

National Feb 15, 2018

Shogi showdown pits 'god' against 'genius'

The match of the century. The battle between a "god" and a "genius." The faceoff between the undisputed champion of shogi and his touted successor. The hype surrounding Saturday's match of the Japanese version of chess pits shogi legend Yoshiharu Habu against the nation's youngest ...