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150 years since the Edo Castle surrender

/ | Apr 28, 2018

150 years since the Edo Castle surrender

What's done is done. But what if a historic negotiation over the surrender of Edo Castle between Saigo Takamori, who led the Imperial forces during the fall of Edo, and Katsu Kaishu, the shogunate's army minister, had fallen through 150 years ago? The surrender ...

Gundam towers over a transforming Tokyo

| Nov 4, 2017

Gundam towers over a transforming Tokyo

Every day, the towering full-scale Unicorn Gundam statue in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront district undergoes a transformation, eliciting shouts of joy from visitors young and old, many trying to snap good photos with their smartphones. The 19.7-meter, 49-ton statue of a mobile robot from the popular ...

Tokyo cruise offers a step back in time

| Apr 29, 2017

Tokyo cruise offers a step back in time

A new Tokyo Bay samurai-themed cruise ship fashioned after those used by feudal lords back in the Edo Period (1603-1868) promises tourists visiting the nation's capital an interesting contrast between modernity and tradition. The Atakemaru, which is 49.7 meters long and 486 tons in weight, ...

Head-turning camera puts new spin on Tokyo tourist sites

| Oct 6, 2016

Head-turning camera puts new spin on Tokyo tourist sites

Talk about revolutionary. Ricoh's Theta S camera shoots 360 degrees and turns out head-spinning spherical images when paired with an image-processing app. The camera, which has two lenses, can be hand-held or triggered by remote control. It turns well-known Tokyo tourist sites into scenes of ...

Yasukuni Shrine glows in its traditional mid-summer show

| Aug 2, 2016

Yasukuni Shrine glows in its traditional mid-summer show

It's like a midsummer night's dream. In mid-July, Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo was lit up in orange by 30,000 lanterns lining the approach to the annual Mitama Matsuri festival, creating a nostalgic atmosphere. The festival's location, often a point of diplomatic contention with neighboring countries ...