Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

Sumo Jul 9, 2019

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

by John Gunning

There are six honbasho (official tournaments) every year. They take place in the odd-numbered months, with half being hosted in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The remaining three are the spring tournament in Osaka in March, the July tournament in Nagoya and the November meet in Fukuoka. While ...

Death toll rises to two in Osaka warehouse fire

National Jul 8, 2019

Death toll rises to two in Osaka warehouse fire

The death toll from a warehouse fire in Osaka Prefecture has risen to two, as a man who had been hospitalized with serious injuries died Monday, local police said. Jun Yamanishi, 36, is the latest victim of the fire at a warehouse in Takatsuki, Osaka ...

Quiet luxury in lesser-known Kansai

Travel Jul 5, 2019

Quiet luxury in lesser-known Kansai

by Kit Nagamura

The Kansai area — think Kyoto, Osaka and surrounds — has some of the country's best anaba (little-known spots) where you can encounter the rich depths of Japanese culture, minus the crowds. Reserve one of these nine luxuriously uncrowded options to take your travels ...