Tag - chichibu



The color of a red torii gate in Bushidaira, Saitama Prefecture, still stands out against a vibrant green backdrop.
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Aug 18, 2023
Exploring the eerie beauty of Japan's abandoned villages
Depopulation and an aging society have turned parts of the countryside into tourist attractions for those eager to explore a forgotten era.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2023
Drone delivery service using Starlink launched in Japan
The new service allows residents in an area of Saitama Prefecture affected by a road closure following a mudslide in September last year to receive food and other supplies.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 7, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Chance encounter
Hiroshi Yagi has devoted most of his life trying to prove the existence of the Japanese wolf, a saga that began with a series of piercing howls he heard more than half a century ago.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 6, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Primal howl
In the first installation of a five-part series, we track a four-legged enigma that some believe might still be roaming the nation's mountains and forests.
Japan Times
Sep 2, 2020
Sports museum launches initiative to protect Japan's athletic history
The move by the Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum and Library comes after the first Olympic medal won by a Japanese athlete was discovered to be missing.
Japan Times
Oct 9, 2019
'Her Blue Sky': Testing the limits of a successful formula
The latest film from Tatsuyuki Nagai, Mari Okada and Masayoshi Tanaka sees a return to the city of Chichibu, but can the success of the trio's previous productions be repeated?
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2019
Debate over Japan's extinct wolf grows
An unidentified animal howl recorded in the Okuchichibu mountains bears a strong resemblance to a wolf howl, according to an analysis of audio samples provided by Hiroshi Yagi, an independent researcher who has been working to prove the existence of the officially extinct Japanese wolf.
Japan Times
May 25, 2019
In search of Japan's extinct wolves: Sightings of a mysterious canine in Chichibu have been captivating animal enthusiasts
It was around 3 p.m. on a chilly day in December. The sky was overcast and the scent of rain hung in the air when Rina Kambayashi happened upon a creature she had never seen before. Opening the front door to her family's gracefully weathered 150-year-old traditional wooden house, Kambayashi stepped out...
Jan 22, 2019
FC Tokyo to play pair of league cup games at rugby venue
With its home stadium being prepared for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, FC Tokyo will play two league cup home games this year at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, a source said Monday.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel / A Weekend In
Dec 8, 2018
A weekend in Saitama: Coffee, temples and a spot of river rafting
Kick off a weekend in Saitama Prefecture in Kumagaya, an excellent starting point for a trip that will take you all across the region — from river rafting in the forested mountains of Chichibu to the historical alleys of Kawagoe.
Japan Times
Apr 29, 2018
Chichibu: Steeped in tradition, but challenged by industry
The city of Chichibu, about 90 minutes by train from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, has a population of approximately 60,000. The region, which sits in the shadow of Mount Buko and alongside the Arakawa river is steeped in tradition with more than 300 festivals taking place each year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 21, 2017
Jobs battle environment on sacred but scarred Mount Buko
Shin Sasakubo grew up listening to blasts of dynamite scar the slopes of Mount Buko and echo across his small town every day at half past noon.
Japan Times
Nov 8, 2017
Small Saitama town embraces sharing economy in bid to battle demographic drain
Yokoze, a quiet, scenic town of around 8,400 in the mountainous Chichibu region in Saitama Prefecture, isn't immune to the sweeping demographic change impacting hundreds of rural municipalities across Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 14, 2017
Saitama's Nagatoro is home to stillness, motion and an endless variety of color
It wasn't immediately clear what the man tossing large pebbles at the torii of a shrine was trying to achieve.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jan 7, 2017
The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes
Stepping off the bus at the Gakko-iriguchi stop in Higashi-Chichibu Village in Saitama Prefecture, the first things to strike the eye are high-flying clusters of balloons, suspended like colorful dirigibles.
Jan 21, 2016
Toshima Ward survey finds a fifth of residents willing to be resettled in Saitama
The Tokyo ward is accelerating moves to promote the resettlement of healthy seniors in Chichibu, where plans to create a retirement community are underway.
Japan Times
Jan 14, 2016
Seibu Railway cars to feature Hello Kitty characters in tourist draw
Hello Kitty characters will be featured on some Seibu Railway Co. train cars from Saturday in a bid to draw visitors to the Chichibu mountainous area where the operator serves.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2015
Seibu to debut dinner trains featuring local fare on its scenic Chichibu Line from spring
Seibu Railway Co. will debut a dining train service in spring 2016 that offers gourmet meals to passengers traveling the scenic Seibu Chichibu Line.
Japan Times
Feb 8, 2013
Whisky distillery plays a winning hand
Inside the visitors' center at Chichibu Distillery, high in the hills of Saitama Prefecture, a hint of sawdust mingled with the aromas of vanilla, dried fruits and honey that filled the air.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan