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 ...

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jan 6, 2018

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

by Mark Schreiber

Four topics dominated Japan's non-Twitter news cycle for the last quarter of 2017. Two involved sports: the signing of 23-year-old baseball superstar Shohei Otani to play for the Los Angeles Angels of the American League; and the resignation of sumo grand champion Harumafuji after ...