Tokyo panda Xiang Xiang's return to China pushed back by pandemic

National Dec 10, 2020

Tokyo panda Xiang Xiang's return to China pushed back by pandemic

Tokyo Metropolitan Government has agreed with Chinese authorities to push back through next May the return of Xiang Xiang, the popular female offspring of a giant panda couple on loan from China, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Thursday. Xiang Xiang, born in ...

Ueno Zoo's popular monorail halts service after over 60 years

National Oct 31, 2019

Ueno Zoo's popular monorail halts service after over 60 years

The much-loved monorail at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo halted its service on Thursday after more than 60 years in operation, due to the aging of the train and facilities. The monorail was launched in 1957 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's transportation bureau as the nation's first ...

Fate of Japan's oldest monorail line up in the air

National Jan 24, 2019

Fate of Japan's oldest monorail line up in the air

The operation of Japan's oldest monorail line, located at a Tokyo zoo, will be suspended in November following a 62-year run, as the current vehicles are getting old, the metropolitan government said Wednesday. It was vague about whether the monorail runs at Ueno Zoological Gardens ...

Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang turns 1 year old at Tokyo zoo

National Jun 12, 2018

Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang turns 1 year old at Tokyo zoo

Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang celebrated her first birthday in good health Tuesday at a Tokyo zoo. Born on June 12 last year to mother Shin Shin and father Ri Ri through natural mating, Xiang Xiang enjoys climbing trees every day and eating apples, according ...