Vandals attack another temple with oily liquid

National Apr 5, 2017

Vandals attack another temple with oily liquid

Zojoji Temple in central Tokyo appears to be the latest target of attack by vandals suspected of defacing shrines and temples across the country this month with an unidentified liquid, according to the police. Police are investigating at least a dozen stains that were found ...

Yokozuna Kisenosato carries out first ring-entry ceremony

Sumo Jan 27, 2017

Yokozuna Kisenosato carries out first ring-entry ceremony

New yokozuna Kisenosato performed his first ring-entry ceremony on Friday before a large crowd of around 18,000 at Meiji Shrine. "I'm relieved it ended without trouble," the 30-year-old said after making his ceremonial debut as yokozuna. "I came with a sense of gratitude and wanted ...

Meiji Shrine: grounds to ring in the year

Lifestyle Dec 24, 2015

Meiji Shrine: grounds to ring in the year

by Daisuke Kikuchi

As a relatively new place of worship, established less than a century ago in 1920, Meiji Shrine was originally based around the concept of wakonyōsai — a belief that treasured the Japanese "soul," while still embracing influences from the West. Its unusual omikuji, therefore, ...

Obama urges science students to bolster U.S.-Japan ties

National Apr 24, 2014

Obama urges science students to bolster U.S.-Japan ties

Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama expressed hope Thursday that Japanese students will work closely with their U.S. peers to continue their tradition of cooperation over scientific and technological breakthroughs. "Young people like you have at your fingertips more technology and more power than even the ...