Tag - new-year



Travelers at Shanghai Hongqiao railway station on Feb. 6. For the Feb. 10-17 period, there were 99.5 million rail trips made in China, a figure 36% higher than the comparable period in 2019.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 19, 2024
China’s new year travel and spending top pre-COVID levels
Some 474 million tourist trips were made around the country during the festival, which began Feb. 10 and concluded Saturday.
A traveler walks past a flight information display at the Beijing Capital International Airport on Feb. 2 ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday that begins on Saturday in China.
Feb 8, 2024
Chinese visitors to Japan over Lunar New Year to fall short of 2019 level
Visa-free travel offered by some countries and last year's release of treated wastewater from Fukushima may be swaying Chinese travelers' decisions.
Terunofuji (left) defeats Kirishima at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Saturday.
SUMO / Inside Sumo
Jan 31, 2024
Ninth title puts Terunofuji on cusp of joining all-time greats
His most recent victory puts him ahead — in terms of silverware won — of all but eight wrestlers to have made their debut in the past 65 years.
Yokozuna Terunofuji won his ninth Emperor's Cup at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.
Jan 29, 2024
Terunofuji highlights revised training schedule as crucial part of latest triumph
The 32-year-old claimed his ninth top-division title at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sunday.
Terunofuji (left) clinches the title by shoving out Kotonowaka in a tie-breaker on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 28, 2024
Terunofuji beats Kotonowaka in playoff to win New Year tourney
Lone yokozuna Terunofuji claimed his ninth top-division title Sunday by defeating joint leader Kotonowaka in a thrilling championship playoff.
Terunofuji has worked his way into a three-way tie for the lead after a slow start to the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 26, 2024
Terunofuji beats Kotonowaka, creating three-way tie for lead
The Mongolian-born grand champion moved into a three-way tie at 11-2 with sekiwake Kotonowaka and ozeki Kirishima with the win.
Kotonowaka (left) defeats Onosho at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 25, 2024
Kotonowaka inches toward first championship with 11th win
Kotonowaka, who is chasing the 13 wins he likely needs here for promotion, had little trouble securing his 11th against Onosho.
Kotonowaka (right), defeats Oho at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 24, 2024
Kotonowaka stays in lead as Terunofuji and ozeki pair keep pace
The 26-year-old inched closer to both a maiden Emperor's Cup and the wins needed to meet the unofficial ozeki promotion benchmark.
Terunofuji (back) knows what it’s like to overcome setbacks, having won two of his eight titles after middling starts to a tournament.
Jan 24, 2024
Big names set up thrilling finale for January sumo meet
Terunofuji would appear to be the favorite as sumo's first tournament of 2024 reaches the homestretch, but a host of contenders means it could come down to the final day.
Kotonowaka (left) pushes Onosato out of the ring on Tuesday night at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 23, 2024
Sekiwake Kotonowaka takes sole lead over five closest rivals
A powerful drive from Kotonowaka met little resistance in a force-out win as the sekiwake inched toward ozeki promotion.
Tamawashi gave Asanoyama his first loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 21, 2024
Asanoyama loses solo lead to create logjam at the top
Ozeki Kirishima (6-2) was unable to take his own place at the top after an upset loss to No. 4 Tobizaru on Day 8 of the 15-day tournament.
Shodai (left) turned back the clock with an upset win over lone yokozuna Terunofuji on Saturday in Tokyo.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 20, 2024
Asanoyama keeps sole lead as Shodai upsets Terunofuji
Asanoyama, currently ranked as a No. 7 maegashira, defeated No. 9 Meisei to remain the only unbeaten competitor through seven days at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Asanoyama (left) took the outright lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday in Tokyo with his win over Nishikigi.
Jan 19, 2024
Kotonowaka loses to Wakamotoharu as Asanoyama takes sole lead
Lone yokozuna Terunofuji and ozeki Kirishima both racked up wins to stay on the second rung at 5-1 on Day 6 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Hoshoryu loses to Gonoyama at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 18, 2024
Gonoyama stuns previously unbeaten Hoshoryu on Day 5
The result left promotion-chasing Kotonowaka and No. 7 Asanoyama as the only unbeaten wrestlers through Day 5 of the 15-day tournament.
Midorifuji (right) defeats Kirishima at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 17, 2024
Midorifuji stuns promotion-chasing Kirishima at New Year meet
"I was doing things off the cuff but it worked out well," Midorifuji said.
Wakamotoharu shoves out Takakeisho on Tuesday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.
Jan 17, 2024
Ozeki Takakeisho pulls out of New Year meet with neck injury
Takakeisho suffered the setback during his second-day victory over No. 1 maegashira Atamifuji on Monday at the 15-day meet at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Jan 16, 2024
Komusubi Takayasu withdraws from New Year meet
The former ozeki felt pain ahead of his Monday bout, a loss to ozeki Kirishima, his stablemaster said.
Terunofuji (left) shoves out Ura to win his first bout at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday in Tokyo.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 14, 2024
Terunofuji wins on return as Kirishima launches yokozuna bid
Having withdrawn from the past three meets, Terunofuji is aiming to complete his first 15-day tournament since winning last May's championship with a 14-1 record.
J-pop duo Yoasobi performed its 2023-defining hit, “Idol," during the 74th edition of NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” giving the show its best moment — and drawing anger from netizens.
CULTURE / Sound Off
Jan 12, 2024
Yoasobi delivered the standout moment of ‘Kohaku.’ Why did some music fans hate it?
The J-pop duo brought artists from J-pop and K-pop together on stage for the night's best performance, but it didn’t take long for negative voices to emerge on social media.
Yokozuna-hopeful Kirishima (right) during a training session in Tokyo earlier this month.
Jan 12, 2024
Winds of change swirl at the top of sumo ahead of New Year meet
Kirishima has his sights set on promotion to yokozuna, while major questions surround injury-plagued Terunofuji.


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