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Iconic Japanese mascot Kumamon to become YouTuber

Aug 22, 2018

Iconic Japanese mascot Kumamon to become YouTuber

Kumamon, the popular black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, will debut as a YouTuber next month, sharing online its experiences with sports, arts and crafts in multiple languages, the local government said Wednesday. Starting Sept. 3, a two-minute video featuring the official mascot of the ...

Volcanic alert level for Mount Aso is lowered

Dec 21, 2016

Volcanic alert level for Mount Aso is lowered

The Meteorological Agency has lowered its alert level for Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture, citing diminished volcanic activity following its explosive eruption in October. With no major eruptions observed since then, the Meteorological Agency on Tuesday lowered the alert level for the 1,592-meter peak from ...

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

May 14, 2016

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

by Mandy Bartok

Despite my short stature, I have to bend nearly in half to enter the underground chamber of reconstructed fifth-century tomb in the Kumamoto Prefecture Decorative Tumulus Museum. The entire tomb is modeled after an actual mound in the nearby city of Yamaga, and inside ...