Tag - parks



Sven Hannemann manages the forest surrounding Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany. Its ancient oak trees are suffering from drought induced by climate change.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 9, 2023
In Germany's Versailles, drought is killing ancient trees
Drought induced by climate change is decimating trees in Potsdam's Sanssouci Palace, forcing park managers to rethink its centuries-old forest.
Jingu Gaien is a famous landmark, park and sports center in Minato Ward, Tokyo. 
Jul 26, 2023
Tokyo's tree-razing drama shouldn't stymie transformation
Residents are raging over a redevelopment plan. But while other cities become stuck in time, Tokyo's best projects can combine the spirit of the past with the hope for the future.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2023
Peak prices at Tokyo Disney and Osaka's Universal Studios set to top ¥10,000
Oriental Land, the Tokyo Disney Resort operator, said that it will widen admission fee ranges to ease the concentration of visitors during peak seasons and weekends.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2023
World's largest indoor Harry Potter theme park opens in Tokyo
The theme park opened Friday in Tokyo, welcoming fans hoping to immerse themselves in the fantasy world of the blockbuster movie series.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2023
Harry Potter theme park in Tokyo shown to media before weekend opening
During the media preview, a number of moving portraits, as depicted in the movie series, were unveiled for the first time.
Japan Times
Apr 30, 2023
How a scientific approach to urban greening could cool Japan's concrete jungles
In Tokyo, temperatures have risen by 3 C over the past 100 years, even though global temperatures have risen by only around 1 C. The solution could lie in green infrastructure.
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2023
Harry Potter theme park in Tokyo unveiled ahead of June 16 opening
Elementary school students were invited to see various features of the Hogwarts hall, such as animal-shaped candle holders, its flagstone floor and life-sized statues of the characters.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2023
Disney super fans keep the magic alive in Japan
As Tokyo Disneyland marks its 40th anniversary, influencers such as Christopher Nilghe and Yoshika Yoshida celebrate on social media.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2023
Tokyo Disneyland to celebrate 40th anniversary amid business recovery
Experiences during the pandemic have prompted the theme park's operator to shift its strategy from seeking more visitors to improving visitor satisfaction and increasing sales per visitor.
Japan Times
Mar 26, 2023
Harry Potter studio park to open June in Tokyo, the first outside Britain
The Tokyo version will be the largest indoor Harry Potter attraction in the world, and visitors can expect to spend around four hours exploring.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2023
In Japan, cherry blossom forecasting is a big deal. Warming is making it harder.
A robust system of forecasting has built up around Japan’s sakura festivities, but climate change is disrupting the former and threatening the latter.
Japan Times
Mar 12, 2023
Survey finds 1 in 4 will still wear masks in Japan despite eased COVID-19 rules
A survey has found that 1 in 4 people in Japan said they will continue to wear face masks in all social settings, even after the easing of COVID-19 guidelines on face coverings Monday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2023
First Nintendo theme park in U.S. highlights diversification push
The video games-maker is branching into overseas theme parks amid a push to better harness the company’s intellectual property treasure trove.
Japan Times
Dec 30, 2022
Bust of Philippine national hero quietly sits in a Tokyo park
The man is Jose Rizal, a doctor and writer who led the independence of the Philippines from Spain's colonial rule.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2022
A controversy forces Tokyo to define 'public park'
A plan to redevelop the capital's Meiji Jingu Gaien park and its sporting venues has drawn ire from people who want the area's trees to be spared.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 18, 2022
Controversy over Nagano park closure exposes local communication issues
Plans to close a park faced a national backlash over the impact on children, but the family that triggered the closure have criticized the local government's communication.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 1, 2022
Review: Is the new Ghibli Park worth all the hype?
The new theme park in Aichi Prefecture signals a change of direction for the legendary animation studio as it prepares for the next phase of Hayao Miyazaki's legacy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
Oct 31, 2022
Can Japan’s pandemic-hit amusement parks return with a bang?
Does the opening of Ghibli Park in Aichi Prefecture reflect a turnaround in fortunes for theme park operators in Japan?
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2022
Bones found near Universal Studios Japan from man who died two years ago, police say
An autopsy found that the unidentified man was around 158 centimeters tall and between the ages of 60 and 79.
Japan Times
Oct 15, 2022
Possible human skeleton found outside Universal Studios in Osaka
Police will carry out analysis next week to find out about the gender and age of the body.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan