Sep 6, 2013

Minamisanriku's eateries mapped

Restaurants and food shops in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was ravaged by the 2011 tsunami, have issued a full-color map featuring their establishments in hopes of attracting more tourists and local residents alike. The map lists roughly 70 shops and eateries scattered around Minamisanriku that ...

'Karuta' card store still going strong 90 years on

Sep 4, 2013

'Karuta' card store still going strong 90 years on


Nobuo Okuno, 82, has been selling traditional "karuta" playing cards at a store that has been operating in Tokyo's Kanda-Jimbocho district for more than 90 years. "Playing karuta, you have to use your eyes, ears and brain, so you can enhance concentration," Okuno said. "It ...