Shibamata offers a step back into a Tora-san time warp

National | AT A GLANCE Jun 2, 2015

Shibamata offers a step back into a Tora-san time warp

Tokyo's Shibamata district has preserved much of its townscape, which is reminiscent of old downtown Tokyo. The Katsushika Ward district located in the eastern-most part of Tokyo, a 20-minute train ride from Asakusa Station on the Keisei Line, is perhaps best known as the hometown ...

Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto mourned by family and friends

National Feb 1, 2015

Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto mourned by family and friends

A video posted online early Sunday morning that shows what appears to be the beheaded corpse of Islamic State group hostage Kenji Goto has left his family and friends speechless and in anguish. Goto's 78-year-old mother, Junko Ishido, was barely able to speak as she ...

Ginza: Tokyo's beacon of prosperity

National | AT A GLANCE Jan 4, 2015

Ginza: Tokyo's beacon of prosperity

Ginza, Tokyo's posh shopping and entertainment district, has delighted visitors for over a century with high-end shops selling everything from jewelry and clothing to sweets and stationery. But the Ginza area was once part of the sea. Reclaimed during the Edo Period (1603-1867) as part ...

Glimpses of Ryogoku, Japan's sumo wrestling mecca

National | AT A GLANCE Aug 31, 2014

Glimpses of Ryogoku, Japan's sumo wrestling mecca

Home to the Kokugikan sumo stadium, Tokyo's Ryogoku district in Sumida Ward has long been known as the mecca of the sport. Around the stadium, where three of the six national tournaments are held every year, are stables where rookie and veteran wrestlers alike engage ...