World's smallest deer makes debut at Saitama zoo

National Dec 5, 2016

World's smallest deer makes debut at Saitama zoo

Four pudus, the world’s smallest species of deer, made their debut Sunday at Saitama Children's Zoo in a first for Japan. The pudu, a native of southern Chile and parts of Argentina, is about 80 cm in length and weighs only 9 kg. Although the ...

National / Crime & Legal Sep 12, 2015

Saitama police sergeant arrested in connection with murder

Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a police sergeant on suspicion of killing a 58-year-old unemployed man at the victim's home in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, earlier this month, sources said Saturday. Shota Nakano, 31, worked at the Asaka police station until March and is currently stationed ...

Cultivating shrunken worlds in Bonsai-mura

Travel Nov 1, 2014

Cultivating shrunken worlds in Bonsai-mura

by Stephen Mansfield

Omiya is one of greater Tokyo's rare pockets of residential comfort that can accurately be defined as middle class — a trait it shares with places such as Chiba's Ichikawa Mama or southwestern Tokyo's Denenchofu district. Bonsai-mura (literally: "Bonsai Village") is a neighborhood of Omiya, ...