Sightseeing Tours On Yellow Hato Bus Regaining Popularity In Tokyo

Sightseeing tours on yellow Hato Bus regaining popularity in Tokyo

Hato Bus Co.'s iconic yellow sightseeing buses are once again becoming familiar sights in Tokyo and Yokohama as they regain popularity among domestic travelers from outside the metropolitan area.

The number of people who took part in tours of central Tokyo offered by the sightseeing bus operator in the 12 months through June soared 9.6 percent from a year earlier to 934,306, a level unseen since the late 1980s, when Japan's economy was experiencing an asset bubble.

New Gundam Plastic Model Shop Opens In Tokyo

New Gundam plastic model shop opens in Tokyo

Toy maker Bandai Co. opened a new flagship store Saturday in Tokyo specializing in plastic model kits based on the popular sci-fi television animation series "Mobile Suit Gundam."

The Gundam Base Tokyo, located at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza complex in the Odaiba commercial district, is the first official plastic model outlet in Japan for the series, featuring giant combat robots wearing mobile suits, and 13th overall, joining the list of shops operating in South Korea and Taiwan.

Lgbt Hospitality Venue Eyed For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

LGBT hospitality venue eyed for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A Japanese nonprofit group said Wednesday it is preparing to set up a hospitality venue welcoming LGBT athletes and fans during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in an effort to boost diversity at the events.

Similar spaces for LGBT athletes and fans called "Pride House" have been created at cities hosting international sporting events since the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, but it would be the first such venue to be set up in Japan.

Nokogiriyama--power Spot With Ginormous Daibutsu

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: NOKOGIRIYAMA--Power spot with ginormous Daibutsu

"You have to go to Nokogiriyama in Chiba Prefecture. It's a power spot," a friend said. I laughed and replied that it sounded like "saw-toothed mountain." I was intrigued when I learned that was the name. "During the Edo Period (1603-1867), there was a stone quarry, and that's where the name came from." I've always been attracted to so-called spiritual places, so I hopped into my car, found Nokogiriyama in my navigation system, and off I went.

I hadn't done any research, so I had no idea what would await me. My GPS took me to a temple with a grand name ? Nihon-ji. Japan temple! Wow. I got out of my car and walked up to the temple gate and was relieved to see a sign that read Nokogiriyama Nihon-ji Annaizu (information map). Oh, so I have come to the right place. Studying the signboard, I learned that the whole mountain was one big place of worship. I could see how this could be a "power spot."

Ginza--an Aging Capsule Tower And Zen Sensibilities

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: GINZA--An aging capsule tower and Zen sensibilities

The shortened Japanese pseudo-Anglicism, "metabo," gets a bad rap. People who have a spare tire around their waist (sometimes humorously called "muffin top"), get lectured by their doctors to get off their bottoms, work up a sweat and lose their paunch.

No doubt the trimmed down word comes from the medical term "metabolic syndrome," but did you know that the word "metabolic" in itself doesn't really have to do with fat? That's right.

Univ. Of Tokyo Bans Stays At Athletic Facilities After Prosecutors' Midnight Ruckus

Univ. of Tokyo bans stays at athletic facilities after prosecutors' midnight ruckus

The University of Tokyo has banned overnight stays at its athletic facilities after the Public Prosecutors Office created a midnight ruckus and disturbed local residents around the Kemigawa Athletics and Sports Ground in the city of Chiba last autumn.

According to sources close to the situation, on Oct. 29 to 30 last year, the prosecutors' office held a soccer tournament at the University of Tokyo facility for employees from its district branches in Tokyo, Yokohama, Saitama, Mito, Utsunomiya and Maebashi, with participants staying overnight. Participants apparently violated the terms of use by leaving their accommodations outside set hours, and caused a disturbance by yelling.

Farm Opens On 13th Floor Of Tokyo High-rise

Farm opens on 13th floor of Tokyo high-rise

A Tokyo personnel dispatch company unveiled a new farm on the 13th floor of its Tokyo headquarters on Wednesday.

Pasona Group Inc., based in the business district of Otemachi near JR Tokyo Station, has installed around 60 goats, cows, pigs and other animals in the facility, with a view to helping educate about and promote employment in the dairy farming industry.

Heat Wave Grips Tokyo, Other Eastern Japan Areas

Heat wave grips Tokyo, other eastern Japan areas

Temperatures soared along the Pacific coast in eastern and western Japan on Wednesday with the mercury topping 37 C in Tokyo and other cities in the Kanto region as Typhoon Noru's passage was followed by a warm air mass.

The Japan Meteorological Agency alerted broad areas, including central Japan and the Okinawa and Amami area in southwestern Japan, to be prepared for high temperatures.

Olympics: Usa House For 2020 Games To Be At Tokyo American Club

Olympics: USA House for 2020 Games to be at Tokyo American Club

The United States Olympic Committee said Wednesday that the U.S. team's gathering place during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be at Tokyo American Club.

"It's my great honor and my great pleasure to announce that in 2020, Tokyo American Club will be the home of USA House in Tokyo," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun told a press conference at the private membership organization in Minato Ward.

University Of Tokyo Recognizes Research Misconduct

University of Tokyo recognizes research misconduct

The University of Tokyo says it has found research misconduct involving 5 papers by one of its professors that were published in Nature magazine and other media.

The university on Tuesday released the results of its investigation into the papers by Professor Yoshinori Watanabe of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences. Anonymous allegations had pointed out "unnatural" sections in his papers.

Toshiba Shares Demoted To Tokyo Exchange's 2nd Section

Toshiba shares demoted to Tokyo exchange's 2nd section

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Toshiba Corp. shares were demoted Tuesday from the First to the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange after the company's liabilities exceeded its assets in the year ended in March.

Toshiba failed to meet the bourse's listing standards as the Japanese conglomerate incurred the negative net worth due to huge losses from its U.S. nuclear business. Its shares will be delisted automatically unless it eliminates its negative net worth by next March.

Tokyo Police Team Up With Private Sector To Boost Security For 2020 Games

Tokyo police team up with private sector to boost security for 2020 Games

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is poised to beef up security and implement wide-ranging counterterrorism measures along Tokyo's coastal areas where many of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic events are set to be held.

In addition to the creation of a specialized unit that will institute counterterrorism measures from the sea, the MPD will gain cooperation from railway companies whose trains run along the coast, to obtain security camera footage in times of emergency. With less than three years until the games are to begin, security preparations are being ramped up very quickly.

Lisa's In And Around Tokyo: Hanno--visit Moomin Park, A Truly Magical Place

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: HANNO--Visit Moomin Park, a truly magical place

Hmm ... how to say "moji moji" in English ... You've heard that old cartoon song, haven't you? It goes "Hey, Moomin, look over here. Don't be shy. Don't be moji moji ..."

Is it "fidgety," or perhaps "bashful"? It appears that this imitative word comes from "nejiru," which is twist or wriggle. In English it kind of works too because people squirm in such a way when feeling sheepish.