National Aug 18, 2020

JR passengers during Bon holiday down 76%

The total number of passengers on Japan Railways trains during the country's Bon summer holiday period plunged 76 percent from a year before, amid the coronavirus epidemic, six JR regional railway operators said Tuesday. The total in the period from Aug. 7 to Monday came ...

Kyoto bonfire festival held on smaller scale amid pandemic

National Aug 17, 2020

Kyoto bonfire festival held on smaller scale amid pandemic

A traditional bonfire festival in Kyoto, western Japan, was held Sunday night on a smaller scale than usual due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. In the Gozan no Okuribi festival, held every year on Aug. 16, firewood arranged in the shape of symbols and kanji ...