Japan

How I survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb

Hiroshima: the horror of the world's first atomic bombing, by Chisako Takeoka, who was a young factory worker living in the city at the time<p>August 6, 1945. I had finished my night shift at a local factory in Hiroshima and had the next day off work, so I planned to go to the mountains in nearby …

History

Fans in Japan rush to get Murakami book with esoteric title

TOKYO (AP) — Fans of Haruki Murakami rushed to Japanese bookstores Friday to get his latest work with an esoteric title.<p>"Kishidancho Goroshi," or "Killing Commendatore," is a two-part story about a 36-year-old portrait painter and what happens after his wife divorces him and he moves into an old …

Haruki Murakami

Trump has spent 'more time playing golf than he has in intelligence briefings'

Donald Trump has reportedly spent more time playing golf than taking intelligence briefings since entering office.<p>The President, whose family company …

Golf

Leave-work-early campaign kicks off in Japan

In a bid to crack down on Japan's notorious culture of overwork, some employers in the Asian nation have now joined a government campaign to let employees start the weekend early - and boost consumption.<p>More and more companies in workaholic Japan are getting creative with how to get employees out …

World News

Sanyo Shinkansen

The Sanyo Shinkansen (山陽新幹線, Sanyō Shinkansen) is a shinkansen line that connects Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) with Fukuoka (Hakata Station) on the …

Tokyo

日本忍者協議会 公式サイト「Japan Ninja Council」

<b>1. Ninja Basics</b><br>Ninja used to be called “<i>Shinobi</i>” and its existence was confirmed in the history records for the first time after the Northern and …

Ninja

HAKODATE Food Trip

<i>by Abigail Javellana</i><p>Come and discover <b>Hakodate</b> in Hokkaido. Known as the "<b>City of Gourmet Food</b>," it is overflowing with mouthwatering eats--from …

Tokyo

Japanese people are finding it really hard to translate Donald Trump because 'he is so illogical'

Translators around the world are struggling to interpret Donald Trump’s unique speaking style with the Japanese finding it particularly “nightmarish” …

Donald Trump

Carlsbad's Lester Tenney, a Bataan Death March survivor, dies at 96

Lester Tenney, an Army tank commander who survived one of World War II’s signature horrors, the Bataan Death March, and spent his later years pushing …

History

Japan's Disco Truckers

Take the lights of nighttime Tokyo and combine them with giant robots and you'll have an idea of the dekotora culture of Japan. Translated as …

Visit Japan in California

FOOD & WINE<p>Recipes<p>Wine & Drinks<p>Techniques<p>Fast & Fresh<p>Holidays<p>Parties & Menus<p>Garden to Table<p>How-To Videos<p>GARDEN<p>Living With Drought<p>Garden Basics<p>Edible …

Tokyo

Meet The Woman Raising Japan’s Next Generation Of Street Fighter Champions

When I called <i>Street Fighter</i> pro Yuko “Chocoblanka” Momochi at 11 a.m. Japan time, her husband, the legendary <i>Street Fighter</i> champion Yusuke Momochi, …

Gaming

Japan to install monitors to track North Korea nuclear tests

Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Japan is investing $2.5 million in mobile monitoring technology that can keep an eye on North Korea's nuclear tests.<p>The Mainichi …

North Korea

Japanese app lets you know if your colleagues are hogging the bathroom

New software from Japan will let you know if the toilet cubicles in your office building or shopping mall are occupied.<p>Is there a more devastating sight than walking into a public bathroom, only to find all the cubicles are occupied? KDDI Corp, one of Japan's leading carriers, knows the feeling and …

Bathrooms

Japan To Create “Ninja Ambassadors,” Academy, And Museum By 2018

The ninja museum and academy has taken upon itself to certify ninja products.<p>There are plenty of things the world needs more of. And in Japan, recent …

Ninja

The beautiful booth models of Japan’s CP+ camera expo【Photos】

We were inspired to take <b>more than a few pictures</b> on our visit to the ongoing trade show taking place south of Tokyo.<p>Right now <b>CP+</b> (“CP Plus”), Japan’s …

Photography

10 Must Try Eats And Drinks In Japan

Quirky, colourful and downright strange - here are my top 10 eats and drinks in Japan!<p>Full to the brim with all things weird, wonderful and delicious, Japan is a culinary delight with everything from sugary delights to hearty soups and noodle dishes, here are my top 10 food and beverage choices in …

Foodies

Japan is telling employees to leave work early for once

Japan’s government is urging employees to leave the office early every last Friday of the month, hoping to crack down on a culture of workaholics …

Employment Law

Tokyo’s old storefronts come alive in these gorgeous illustrations

What happens when an illustrator moves to Tokyo and becomes obsessed with its old shops<p>Feast your eyes on this, Tokyo lovers: The mesmerizing illustrations of Mateusz Urbanowicz capture something of the unique spirit of the city’s old shops, from slightly seedy storefronts shielded by awnings and …

Tokyo

Postcards from Japan: the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails

In this episode of Postcards a unique spiritual experience in Japan’s Kansai region.<p>We are on the Kii Peninsula to walk the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails, which lead to many shrines, temples and other sacred sites.<p>Key facts about Japan: It is an island nation in East Asia The population is …

Japan Travel

Matcha green tea beer satisfies two cravings in a delicious way

TOKYO —<p>While it’s not as internationally well-known as Asahi, Kirin, or its corporate parent Sapporo, those who’ve had the pleasure of drinking …

Kyoto

Japan Is Getting a Ninja Museum

Ninjas are undeniably cool—and not necessarily because they always wear black. Though pop culture ninjas have a monochrome look, historically …

Ninja

Kindergarten in Japan Is Accused of Nationalist Bigotry and Fraud

TOKYO — At Tsukamoto Kindergarten, an ultraconservative school at the center of a swirling Japanese political scandal, children receive the sort of education their prewar great-grandparents might have recognized.<p>They march in crisp rows to military music. They recite instructions for patriotic …

World News

Old loves highlight Japan and Vietnam's new bonds

| HANOI<p>"This is my husband," said 94-year-old Nguyen Thi Xuan, holding up a pillow wrapped in a Vietnamese flag, with a Japanese army shirt pushed inside. She sleeps with it every night.<p>Xuan is among the few surviving widows of Japanese soldiers who were shipped home in the aftermath of World War …

Vietnam

An hour from packed Kyoto, Nara is an enlightening overnight, including cordial deer

For nearly two decades, I have eagerly collected Japanese tea and sake sets, woodblock prints and geisha figurines. They delight me with their …

Kyoto

Japan's First-Ever 'Premium Friday' Begins Today

Tokyo workers can take free limo rides and sip champagne this afternoon, courtesy of downtown developers. SoftBank Group is giving staff extra money …

Hayao Miyazaki's Retirement Is Officially Over

Back in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki retired from feature filmmaking, saying, “This time is for real.” Now, his long time producer says Miyazaki is coming …

Animation

Ellen DeGeneres Zings Trump's Mar-A-Lago Security Bungle In Killer Spoof Ad

Enjoy “breathtaking views of classified government documents,” quips the TV spot.<p>Sun-kissed sands, fine wines — and access to Donald Trump with a peek at classified documents. That’s what scads of money can buy Mar-a-Lago’s well-heeled guests, according to a slick spoof ad with a sarcastic twist on …

Shinzo Abe

Early-blooming sakura cherry blossoms create pink-tinged wonderlands in Japan

People around the country are sharing stunning photos of the <b>early-blossoming sakura in full bloom</b>.<p>For those who can’t wait for Japan’s main sakura …

Flowers

Mayonnaise Cafes Are Very Much A Thing in Japan, Apparently

How much do you like mayonnaise? Do you really, really like it? Would you go to a special cafe to take in all the mayo you want? If you said yes to …

Geek