The photos of the brides and grooms set against the backdrop of Japanese landmarks looked great, but wait--the couples haven't got hitched yet.
"Pre-wedding photography" is all the rage across Asia, where families of the betrothed set great stock in showing off snaps for guests to admire on the Big Day.
YAMAGUCHI--Yamaguchi Prefecture officials are enlisting the help of boy detective Conan Edogawa to attract puzzle-loving tourists and offer a history lesson for the would-be crime solvers.
The tour in the westernmost prefecture on Honshu offers clues at sites closely associated with the Meiji Restoration, the event that replaced the feudal Tokugawa Shogunate with the modern national government and brought an end to the Edo Period (1603-1867).
Rapid progress is being made in the field of genome editing, an advanced type of genetic engineering that involves directly rewriting genes. A technology called CRISPR-Cas9, which was introduced in 2012, is said to be able to edit gene information as simply as carrying out a cut and paste command on a computer, and there are hopes that the technology could lead to cures for hereditary diseases.
At the same time, some have said the ability to freely modify the genes of fertilized eggs is moving us closer to creating "designer babies." This week’s manga, "Designs," presents a world in the not-too-distant future where genetic technology has advanced even further and with more sinister results.
MOTOMIYA, Fukushima Prefecture--New yogurt products made here are shooting up in popularity, and developers hope they will help dispel negative publicity surrounding foodstuffs following the 2011 nuclear disaster.
The lactic acid bacteria used in the products was discovered by University of Tokyo researcher Kazuhisa Sekimizu, who developed the products jointly with a dairy company in Motomiya.
The Yomiuri Shimbun About 3,000 azalea trees are in full bloom in the garden of Hotel de Yama in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Saturday. Many tourists enjoyed the display of red, pink, purple and white flowers, with Mt. Fuji in the background, a seasonal delight of early summer.
The Yomiuri Shimbun Today marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the 634-meter-high Tokyo Skytree, located in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. The number of visitors to the tower's observation decks is expected to reach 30 million by the end of this fiscal year.
Since the opening, observation deck guide Koto Sakai, 31, has witnessed various human relationships develop on the tower. On a weekend in mid-May, she snaked her way through the crowds and approached a family on the Tenbo Deck, the tower's first observation floor.
GLAY's new album "SUMMERDELICS" has been revealed to be released on July 12.
"SUMMERDELICS" is the band's 14th original album, and their first album release in about two and a half years. The album was announced last month, but the release date was not confirmed at that time. More details regarding its track list will be unveiled later.
OZORA, Hokkaido--Visitors to a park here in northern Japan will be tickled pink at the dazzling sight of "shibazakura" (moss phlox) in full bloom this week.
The flowers, in red, purple and white as well as pink, are set to reach their peak after May 18 at Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, located in northeastern Hokkaido, near the Sea of Okhotsk, according to the park management's forecast.
Kitchen Miki opened in Tokyo before Yasuyuki Yamauchi was born.
Now 50, Yasuyuki is the second-generation proprietor of the Western-food restaurant that has remained popular among students of Waseda University for decades.
A baby penguin is being shown to the public at Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo Skytree Town in Sumida Ward, Tokyo.
The Magellanic penguin born on April 19 has been attracting visitors to the facility. The offspring of father Karin and mother Cocktail, it is the sixth penguin bred in the aquarium.