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Reviving a Centuries-Old Japanese Confectionery Art

FIRST THE FINGERS BURN. Any apprentice in the centuries-old Japanese confectionery art of <i>amezaiku</i> must accept this as the price of beauty. Molten syrup, heated to a scalding 176 degrees Fahrenheit, is scooped up with bare hands. There’s no time to cry out; from the moment it touches the skin, you …

Japan

Inside the Secret World of Kyoto’s Oldest Geisha District

In historic Kyoto, one landmark that is often overlooked is Kamishichiken; Kyoto’s oldest geisha district and a stunningly preserved portion of the …

Japan

The World's Oldest Hotel Has Been in the Same Family for 52 Generations (Video)

The hotel industry goes back way further than you might think. Sure, there are classic properties in historic cities such as Paris and Rome, but …

Japan

What is Kawaii? Discover What Led to Japan’s Culture of Cuteness

Roughly translated as “cuteness,” <i>kawaii</i> is one of the most frequently used Japanese words. In a broader sense, it describes the culture of celebrating all things adorable and embracing fictional characters as the embodiment of positivity. Originating as a distinctly Japanese cultural trend, the …

Hello Kitty

US beats Japan 7-6 in final of softball world championship

MAKUHARI, Japan (AP) — Kelsey Stewart drove in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning as the United States beat Japan 7-6 in the final of the women's world softball championship on Sunday.<p>Stewart's single down the third base line scored the runner from third as the defending champions …

Softball

Watch the Brutal, Dangerous, and Delightful Art of Making a Japanese Delicacy

The brute force and coordination of the world's fastest mochi makers is fun to behold.<p>When a chef says they put their blood, sweat, and tears into …

Japan

Ladies first: 13 female cyclists completing Tour de France

LOURDES, France (AP) — They ride every stage of the Tour de France before the men do.<p>Over the same mountains on the same 3,351-kilometer (2,082-mile) route.<p>Except there won't be a podium or prize money waiting for them on the Champ-Elysees when they finish on Saturday, one day before the yellow …

Tour de France

A Guide to Giving Gifts in Japan

When it comes to presents, Japan takes the cake with its many rules of etiquette guided by various social customs. As a foreigner in Japan, you won’t …

Japan

Women are driving the growth in popularity of soccer in America

The subheadline of the June 10 Outlook essay by Roger Bennett, “Hello, world,” said, “Soccer in the U.S. doesn’t need a team in the World Cup. It’s already here to stay.” I believe that’s true. I mean to throw no shade on the men’s national team, but with their best finish ever a third place in …

British Columbia

Everton and Barcelona take pioneering lead towards equality | Louise Taylor

Groundbreaking initiatives at Everton and Barcelona have seen women’s football take two significant steps towards a brave new world of growing commercial opportunities and increased equality with the men’s game.<p>On Thursday, Everton became the first professional English club to use their ladies team …

Soccer

Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics echo through the city’s 2020 games

TOKYO — Mariko Nagai walked outside Yoyogi National Stadium — the late-architect Kenzo Tange’s masterpiece from Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics — and pictured …

Japan

See Japan’s Beautiful Festival of the Dead

TravelPicture Stories<p>Families across Japan return home once a year to honor their deceased ancestors.<p>Every summer, the sleepy fishing village of Himeshima welcomes the dead home.<p>Observed throughout Japan, the annual Obon festival marks the return of deceased ancestors to Earth. Beliefs about the …

Rules For Eating And Drinking In Japan

Visting Japan? Or perhaps you already live in the country. Here are some handy rules to follow for eating and drinking protocol.<p>Generally, Japanese …

A 'Japanese tip' : the origami art left by diners

Yuki Tatsumi was waiting tables at an izakaya pub in Japan’s Kyoto when something on the table caught his eye — a chopstick wrapper folded and …

This Japanese Museum Has the Most Flexible Schedule in the World

In Kyoto, there is a small museum with a sign that anyone in the workforce can probably appreciate. Called the <i>Ukiyoe Small Museum</i>, it’s owned by artist Ichimura Mamoru and its hours are flexible, to say the least.<p>Outside of the museum’s front door is a straightforward and charming sign that says, …

Japan

The scarecrow master of Shikoku, Japan

On Shikoku, the smallest and least visited of Japan’s four main islands, one woman has had a mind-spinning response to a common crisis.<p>I had set out to explore the heart of Shikoku, the smallest and least visited of Japan’s four main islands, and was white-knuckledly navigating my rental car along …

World's first digital art museum in Tokyo allows complete immersion

The world’s first digital art museum opened its doors to the public in Japan earlier this month, allowing patrons to step all the way into the …

42 Amazing Colorized Pictures That Show Everyday Life of Japan in the 19th Century

Felice Beato (1832-1909) was an Italian–British photographer. He was one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia and one of the first …

Now even countries that aren’t playing against Japan are cleaning their stadiums at the World Cup

<b>Movement started by Japanese soccer fans</b> spreads beyond Japanese team’s opponents and group, could be <b>changing the face of sports fandom</b>.Last Tuesday, …

The elaborate customized cars of Japan's 'lowriding' subculture

<b>(CNN) —</b> Parked in a row, their undersides almost glancing the asphalt, these ornate and outsized American cars stand out in a sea of Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans and Subarus.<p>A gold-colored 1954 Chevrolet 210, christened "Sphinx," squats either side of "Eltesoro," a creamy green 1936 Dodge sedan, and …

'It's exhilarating': Japan's female sumo wrestlers take on sexism

Amateur wrestlers hope ban on women in the professional arena will one day be overturned<p>It isn’t hard to see why Chisaki Okumura is one of Japan’s best female sumo wrestlers. Combining her considerable height and heft with flashes of speed, her practice bouts end with a succession of opponents …

Where Your Stuff Goes When You Lose It in Tokyo

Did you forget your sunglasses on the shelf of the Kinokuniya bookstore? Leave your umbrella under the izakaya counter? They might end up at the …

In the 'land of the immortals': Japan's centenarian pop band

<b>Kohama, Japan (CNN) —</b> It's baking hot in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost island, but there's no rest for the wicked.<p>Belting out songs in the midday heat, a group of women decked in colorful garb want to redefine what it means to be geriatric.<p>Meet KBG84, a band like no other: They're all over 80 and …

Japan's demographic time bomb: can a calendar help Otari's single men find love?

Dropping birth rates and a dwindling population prompts group of rural men to put their faith in PR to revive their ailing towns, and love lives<p>Keito Kobayashi has swapped his usual work clothes for the uniform of his second job as a volunteer firefighter. He is, the caption in the calendar says, …

Red Stars embrace Australian sensation Samantha Kerr — but 'Chicago doesn’t really know she’s here yet'

It takes about 19 hours to fly from Australia to Chicago — but nothing feels longer than those first few fidgety moments for Red Stars striker Samantha Kerr.<p>“For takeoffs, I am in the brace position, there’s sweating and moving around,’’ said Kerr, a member of the Australian national team and …

Two of the world’s best female athletes help push each other to next level.

Brittney Griner: 'The big girls are taking over' the WNBA

Phoenix's 6-foot-9 Brittney Griner grinned at the mention of Dallas' 6-8 Liz Cambage, and vice versa. The two centers faced off in the WNBA's season …

Rugby: Sporting prodigy Marcelle Parkes set to make mark for Black Ferns

Newly-contracted Black Fern Marcelle Parkes has been playing rugby less than a year, but she's already making giant strides.<p>The 20-year-old was named …

Manchester United granted licence to play in women's second tier

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United will field a women’s team for the first time since 2005 after being granted a licence to play in the second tier Championship as part of the Football Association’s restructuring of the game announced on Monday.<p>FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - …

Canadian, U.S. women’s hockey stars band together in desire to unite rival leagues and grow their game

In the past 14 months, the U.S. women’s hockey team won a labour dispute, a world championship and Olympic gold.Those accomplishments have created …