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Sep 17, 2018

Second dead Gifu boar tests positive for swine fever

The carcass of another wild boar found in the city of Gifu has tested positive for swine fever, the Gifu Prefectural Government said Sunday. The animal's body was found Saturday about 3.5 km (about 2 miles) from a pig farm where the first case was ...

Aug 8, 2018

Extreme heat above 40 C hits central Japan for a second time

The mercury soared to 41 Celsius in central Japan on Wednesday, tying with the second-highest temperature recorded in the country, amid a heat wave continuing to grip western regions of the country, the weather agency said. In addition to Mino, Gifu Prefecture, where the mercury ...

Hornets sting over 110 runners in Gifu marathon

Sep 11, 2016

Hornets sting over 110 runners in Gifu marathon

Medical personnel said 115 people taking part in a marathon Sunday in Hida, Gifu Prefecture, were stung by hornets, but no one suffered serious allergic reactions. The runners were treated by doctors and ambulance attendants who were on standby along the marathon route, according to ...

A spiritual high in the temples of Takayama

Jun 18, 2016

A spiritual high in the temples of Takayama

by Carla Francis

Isolated from the pulsating sounds of pachinko parlors and the neon lights of Tokyo, the small, laid-back city of Takayama in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture offers something that visitors to Japan's urban hubs don't typically find: quiet. Caught in the bustle of the modern ...

A waterlogged retreat, deep in the mountains of Gifu

Jun 4, 2016

A waterlogged retreat, deep in the mountains of Gifu

by Mandy Bartok

For a town so closely associated with water, it's rather fitting that Gujo-Hachiman is shaped like a fish. "An ayu (sweetfish), to be exact," clarifies Yuka Tanaka, my guide for the afternoon and a native of this small town of approximately 18,000 inhabitants tucked away ...

Fired up about Gifu's pottery industry

Oct 17, 2015

Fired up about Gifu's pottery industry

by Stephen Carr

Toki, a small town in Gifu Prefecture, 37 km from Nagoya, sits above a huge clay basin. Pottery has been made here since ancient times. The world-famous Oribe style, which uses green copper glaze and bold painted designs was invented in Gifu more than 400 ...