Tag - nagano



Japan Times
Jan 15, 2016
Overnight bus crashes in Karuizawa, killing 14
Fourteen people died and 26 were injured when a packed bus on an overnight journey crashed in the early hours on Friday. It was the worst toll from a bus accident in decades.
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 we've been asked to oversee.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2015
Monkeying around in Yamanouchi
As temperatures drop throughout Japan, the country's famous wild Snow Monkeys have headed to the hot springs. One Reuters photographer captured the macaques taking a dip at the Jigokudani Monkey Park, about 45 minutes from Nagano city by bus. The wild Japanese macaques in Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, have become one of the top tourist destinations during winter in Japan.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Nov 27, 2015
Hanyu shatters own world record with 106.33 points in short program
Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu grabbed the lead in the short program at the NHK Trophy on Friday night with a world-record score of 106.33 points.
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2015
Tours provide renewed interest in Japan's oldest hydro power plant
The Miyashiro No. 1 power plant, which houses the country's oldest working hydraulic generator, is attracting public attention after it started offering guided tours last spring.
Japan Times
Jul 28, 2015
Kajikawa using power of sport to improve society
In the increasingly cynical world we live in it seems like true believers are becoming a dying breed. The cold, hard reality of everyday life having taken a toll on optimism and enthusiasm.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2015
Team conducts prep work on Ontake before searching for people missing since eruption
An advance team of Nagano police and firefighters surveyed areas near the peak of Mount Ontake on Sunday ahead of restarting the search for bodies still believed buried following the volcano's deadly eruption last September.
Japan Times
Mar 2, 2015
Massive power blackout hits Nagano Prefecture
An estimated 380,000 homes in Nagano Prefecture lose power for three hours in Chubu Electric Power Co.'s service area.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2014
Hakuba quake victims move into temporary housing
Dozens of people left homeless by the massive earthquake last month in rural Nagano Prefecture are now getting access to temporary housing.
Dec 8, 2014
IOC OKs moving events away from host cities, countries
The IOC on Monday voted to allow Olympic Games host cities to move competitions to other towns, cities or even countries, breaking with a long tradition of keeping the games contained in one location.
Japan Times
Dec 8, 2014
Ski village in Nagano hopes to ride out quake concerns this season
Amid concerns that the powerful quake that hit Nagano Prefecture on Nov. 22 will discourage skiers from visiting the area's ski slopes this winter, officials in the village of Hakuba held a ceremony Sunday to pray for a safe season.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2014
Nagano quake injury toll rises to 45, nearly 700 houses left without running water
The number of people injured in the earthquake that struck northern Nagano Prefecture over the weekend has risen to 45, according to prefectural authorities, while 690 houses were left without running water.
Japan Times
Oct 27, 2014
Ontake victims mourned a month after eruption as tourism industry scrambles to recover
The victims of the Mount Ontake eruption are mourned a month after the volcano killed 57 people and left six others missing.
Japan Times
Oct 12, 2014
Mount Ontake rescuers race against typhoon as death toll rises to 56
Rescuers race to find seven more missing hikers on Mount Ontake before another typhoon threatens to stop them.
Japan Times
Oct 3, 2014
Mount Ontake eruption deaths likely to surpass 60 as inquiries climb
Mount Ontake's eruption has left 16 missing and 47 dead so far, but phone calls and other records show the numbers are likely to grow.
Japan Times
Sep 30, 2014
Ontake rescuers recount helplessness in face of surreal scene of ash, victims buried alive
Rescue workers who witnessed the aftermath of Saturday's eruption of Mount Ontake said they were tormented by a sense of helplessness and powerlessness before Mother Nature.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 10, 2014
Incumbent Nagano Gov. Shuichi Abe wins re-election
Nagano Gov. Shuichi Abe faces down LDP and DPJ challengers, winning re-election to a second four-year term.
Aug 4, 2014
Bear breaks out of trap, attacks man in Nagano orchard
A wild bear that had just escaped from a trap attacked an elderly man in an apple orchard in the city of Nagano, seriously injuring him, police said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2014
Nagano man questioned by police over online video of cat drowning
A 29-year-old man in Nagano Prefecture was being questioned by police Sunday on suspicion of animal abuse, after video footage showing a caged cat being drowned was streamed live on the Internet, police officials said.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 5, 2014
Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail
At a little roadside store in rural Nagano, a foreign tourist is miming a rice bowl with her cupped left hand. Firm in the belief that Japanese washi (paper — wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper) was made from rice, she waves her flattened right hand across the "bowl," miming her desire for "sheets" of paper. Baffled by her gesture myself, I was at least able to communicate with her in English and ask what on Earth she was trying to buy. The local shopkeeper on the other hand was utterly perplexed; this bizarre customer seemed to be repeatedly miming that she didn't want a bowl of rice! But, of course she didn't, that was obvious.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on