The annual rites of passage into the new year

National | IN PICTURES Jan 1, 2018

The annual rites of passage into the new year

On Sunday, people across Japan marked the passing of 2017 and the arrival of the new year at temples and shrines, both big and small. While the evening of oshōgatsu is celebrated in numerous ways, for many it is a time for spiritual purification and prayer ...

Vision failing, Tsukiji wholesaler carries on

National | IN PICTURES Mar 29, 2017

Vision failing, Tsukiji wholesaler carries on

Yutaka Kadono, 80, was supposed to retire from his business as an intermediate wholesaler at the Tsukiji fish market last October. Kadono has glaucoma in his left eye, which means it takes more time to judge a good fish, prompting him to decide to throw ...