Gift of good luck: Japan loans rare <I>marimo</I> moss balls to Taiwan

National Oct 8, 2019

Gift of good luck: Japan loans rare marimo moss balls to Taiwan

The Taipei Zoo has received four rare, naturally formed marimo moss balls on loan from the city of Kushiro, Hokkaido, in Japan's first such arrangement through cooperative conservation programs, zoo officials said on Monday. The city has lent a total of seven marimo to the ...

Japan chooses three cities to be tourism role models

National Jan 29, 2016

Japan chooses three cities to be tourism role models

The government has selected three cities — Kushiro in east Hokkaido, Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture and Nagasaki — as model cities for luring foreign visitors to the countryside, tourism minister Keiichi Ishii announced Friday. The three cities will each create organizations to promote exchanges between ...

Kushiro seeks lift from locally set manga

National Sep 28, 2015

Kushiro seeks lift from locally set manga

The Hokkaido city of Kushiro has started a promotional effort in which it seeks to raise its profile by creating a girls' manga series set in the region. Authored by Hisa Kyomachi, "9: Kimi Ga Iru Machi De Koi O Shita" ("9: I Fell in ...

National Sep 5, 2015

Japan begins 'research whaling' season off coast of Hokkaido

Japan's so-called research whaling season began Saturday off Kushiro, Hokkaido, to study the impact of minke whales on local fisheries. Eight minke whales were caught on the first day of whaling, which lasts through late October. Up to 51 minkes will be caught during the ...