Tag - horses



A Banei Keiba horse race takes place at the Obihiro racecourse in Hokkaido on Dec. 9. The unpredictable stop-and-start drama of the world's slowest horse race has drawn new fans.
Feb 18, 2024
'Suspense' of slowest horse race wins new fans in Japan
At the Banei Keiba races in Hokkaido, spectators cheer on workhorses moving at the pace of a brisk human walk.
Riders dressed as samurai participate in an annual Soma Nomaoi festival in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 30. Two horses died from heatstroke in the event.
Aug 8, 2023
Scores of horses suffer sunstroke at samurai festival
Organizers may move the annual event — featuring over 400 participants dressed as samurai on horseback — to a cooler time of year.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2022
Rail resumes between Russia and North Korea, with 30 horses on first train
A freight train carrying the Orlov Trotter horses left Russia's far east through the Khasan-Tumangan crossing, according to Russia's veterinary service.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 30, 2021
Paralympics a chance to show how horses help humans heal
Horse therapy, also known as equine-assisted therapy, provides physical, cognitive and psychological benefits.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 24, 2019
Reducing herds of wild horses and burros likely to cost U.S. $5 billion over 15 years
Reducing the tens of thousands of wild horses and burros on public lands to a level that is better for both the animals and their habitat will cost U.S. taxpayers $5 billion and take 15 years, a Trump administration official said on Wednesday.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2019
Mane attraction: Coastal parts of Fukushima Prefecture have a long-standing love of horses
Hundreds of armor-clad participants on horseback parade through the streets of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, during the Soma Nomaoi festival on a typically blistering hot day at the end of July every year.
Japan Times
Jun 12, 2018
Shiga farmer strives to preserve indigenous Japanese horses
A farm that raises only indigenous Japanese horses has opened near a shrine known as a "sacred site of horses" in Shiga Prefecture, and its owner is intent on breeding more of them to preserve the species.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2018
Yukio Mishima's demons are out in full force in 'Runaway Horses'
'Perfect purity is possible,' Mishima writes, 'if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of death.'
Japan Times
Sep 28, 2017
Equestrian Sassa hopes to realize Olympic dream at 2020 Games
Shion Sassa's ultimate goal is to compete as an Olympic equestrian rider, hopefully as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Games. The 22-year old Waseda University student would make history if she's able to achieve that goal.
Japan Times
Sep 2, 2017
Japan Times 1992: 'Students get a taste of five-day school weeks'
Schoolchildren had no classes on Saturday for the first time in 120 years as a limited five-day week system started at public schools nationwide.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2016
Campfire pleasures both old and new
My father went off to war and never came back to us. My mother remarried when I was 10 and my new Dad was in the Royal Navy. Until I was 13 he was mostly at sea, so lots of chores came my way.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 7, 2016
Former Hokkaido horse breeder found guilty of shooting dead two thoroughbreds
A former operator of a racehorse breeding farm in Hokkaido was found guilty Friday of shooting dead two thoroughbred horses, in a case highlighting the financial struggles facing many breeders in a region known for its racehorses.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2016
New horse lodge signals the way ahead
On July 15, 2016, just a few minutes' gentle canter from our splendid Afan Trust Centre here in the hills outside Kurohime in northern Nagano Prefecture, we officially opened our brand-new, first-ever horse lodge.
Japan Times
Dec 5, 2015
All set for our woods' own horse power
Over the past three years, the C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust has been bringing down people and horses from Tono and Morioka in Iwate Prefecture to help us take out trees we've been thinning from our woods here in northern Nagano Prefecture — and lately, too, from the adjoining national forest...
Sep 20, 2015
Treatment of Mount Fuji horses and WWII mea culpas: readers' responses
Some readers' responses to recent Community articles.
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2015
Tourist disturbed by treatment of horses on Mount Fuji courses
This week's query comes from an overseas tourist who was concerned at the condition of some horses she saw on a recent visit to Mount Fuji.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2015
Makoto Ozone set to step out with his other family
During his years in New York, pianist Makoto Ozone fronted a number of small combos and gigged with such heavyweights as Branford Marsalis, Gary Burton and Christian McBride. But the collaborators he has come back to time and time again are his Japan-based big band, No Name Horses.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2014
Ancient DNA reveals history of horse domestication
Speed, smarts, and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today's Secretariats and Black Beautys, researchers reported Monday.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2014
Entertaining guests with a little horseplay
I had returned from a three-month trip to the Canadian Arctic and was in Vancouver, meeting up with family and friends before returning to Japan.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2014
Horses power across time and places
As a wee nipper I'd sometimes be treated to donkey rides on our local beach at Port Talbot in South Wales, but the first time I sat astride a pony was near my home in Neath when I was 8. Around then, the old dairyman occasionally let me join him as he made his daily rounds with his horse-drawn cart collecting...


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