Asakusa paints traditional Tokyo in a popular light

National | AT A GLANCE Jul 7, 2014

Asakusa paints traditional Tokyo in a popular light

As one of Japan's representative tourist destinations, the Asakusa district never ceases to attract people looking for a taste of traditional downtown Tokyo. The 30 million visitors it draws each year are a testament to its popularity. Typically, an Asakusa tour starts by entering the ...

Fashionable Shibuya is a magnet for youths

National | AT A GLANCE May 4, 2014

Fashionable Shibuya is a magnet for youths

Known as the town for young people, Tokyo's Shibuya district is the capital's center of youth fashion and culture. It also attracts crowds of tourists from home and abroad. Shibuya is best known for its "scramble crossing" near the north exit of JR Shibuya Station, ...

Bustling Shinjuku, the inn district that never sleeps

National | AT A GLANCE Jan 5, 2014

Bustling Shinjuku, the inn district that never sleeps

Tokyo's Shinjuku district never goes to sleep. Centered around a gigantic complex of railway terminals used by a mind-boggling 3.5 million commuters daily, Shinjuku has everything a megalopolis needs — world-class skyscrapers, shopping and night-time entertainment spots. Shinjuku traces its roots back 300 years to the ...

Tsukiji's final days

National | AT A GLANCE Nov 3, 2013

Tsukiji's final days

Tsukiji, Japan's largest and busiest fish market, has sold fresh marine produce for more than half a century. Tourists the world over show up at dawn to get a glimpse of its busy fishmongers at work in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. With fish coming in from ...

Photos by Tohoku's elderly on show

National Mar 9, 2013

Photos by Tohoku's elderly on show

Aiming to draw attention to the daily lives of the tsunami-hit northeast, an exhibition of photographs taken by residents of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, began Friday in Tokyo, featuring their daily lives after the tragic twin disasters. Titled "Otsuchi no Takarabako" ("A Treasure Box of Otsuchi"), ...

Store debuts Zambia bamboo bikes

National Feb 15, 2012

Store debuts Zambia bamboo bikes

A bicycle shop in Tokyo's Harajuku district has started selling bikes with bamboo frames made in Zambia, hoping riders hop on. F.I.G bike's Harajuku branch earlier this month began selling the unique Zambikes, produced by social venture firm Zambikes established by Americans and local people ...

Park preserves home of old zaibatsu family

National | LIVING IN LUXURY Dec 17, 2010

Park preserves home of old zaibatsu family

In the nearly 80-hectare Koganei Park in the western Tokyo suburb of Koganei stands a house that once belonged to the 11th head of the famed Mitsui zaibatsu. The home of Takakimi Mitsui (1895-1992), who is also known as Hachirouemon Mitsui, is one of ...

Kiun-kaku, a touch of elegance in Atami

National | LIVING IN LUXURY Nov 19, 2010

Kiun-kaku, a touch of elegance in Atami

About 40 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train, the city of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, has long been a popular hot spa spot, attracting some 3 million visitors a year. A roughly 10,000-sq.-meter compound with stately mansions and a garden, built and expanded by three ...