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All aboard: Exploring Japan's abandoned train lines

National May 18, 2018

All aboard: Exploring Japan's abandoned train lines

by Alex Martin

Admiring the decaying beauty of abandoned railroads is just one of myriad hobbies Japan's railway enthusiasts indulge in. But fueled by a broadening appreciation for the subculture and growth in train travelers, these rusty remnants of industrialization are gathering new steam as tourist attractions while ...

Gifu cutlery firm's samurai-sword scissors prove popular with tourists

National Jun 19, 2017

Gifu cutlery firm's samurai-sword scissors prove popular with tourists

Samurai-sword scissors developed by a manufacturer in Gifu Prefecture are proving to be popular souvenirs for foreign tourists as well as schoolchildren. Shaped like katana, these scissors by Nikken Cutlery Co. in Seki are decorated with details found on traditional swords used by such feudal-era ...