Yokohama--once A Jump-off Point For Starting A New Life

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Yokohama--Once a jump-off point for starting a new lifeIf asked what I know about "Nikkei-jin," I’d confidently say something like, “Nikkei-jin? They’re Japanese who emigrated to Hawaii and Brazil a long time ago. Oh, and their descendants.” I’d then add some commentary: “Some have been very successful, but many have returned to Japan as manual laborers under a special visa agreement,” and that would be the end of my answer.

Anime News: 'fireworks' Anime Bus Moves Fans In Asahi, Chiba Prefecture

ANIME NEWS: 'Fireworks' anime bus moves fans in Asahi, Chiba PrefectureA bus adorned with characters from “Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?” will run in Asahi, Chiba Prefecture, until Feb. 17.

The anime movie, released on Aug. 18, is based on a 1993 live-action TV film of the same name by Shunji Iwai. The director made a name for himself with the teenage love story and has continued to produce critically-acclaimed films, including “Swallowtail” and “All About Lily Chou-Chou.”

Shoso-in: Treasure House Of Art And History

SHOSO-IN SPECIAL / Shoso-in: Treasure house of art and history

The Yomiuri ShimbunShoso-in was originally a repository of the Todaiji temple in Nara.

The history of its treasures began when items related to Emperor Shomu (701-756) were stored there. After the emperor died, his grieving widow Empress Komyo (701-760) dedicated hundreds of objects used by the emperor to the statue of the Great Buddha at the temple.

Jr Shikoku Giving Facelift To Anpanman Car Train In October

JR Shikoku giving facelift to Anpanman Car train in October

TAKAMATSU--Shikoku Railway Co. (JR Shikoku) will start running its YuYu Anpanman Car with a new exterior design from October.

The sightseeing train service featuring Anpanman and other characters from the superhero anime series is operated between Takamatsu and Tokushima, and also between Tokushima and Awa-Ikeda stations.

Huge Lantern At Miyoshi Festival Confirmed As World's Biggest

Huge lantern at Miyoshi festival confirmed as world's biggest

MIYOSHI, Aichi Prefecture--Lanterns do not get any bigger than those featured at the Miyoshi Big Lantern Festival--and now this is a fact.

One lantern at the Miyoshi Inari-kaku shrine's festival on Aug. 19-20 has been certified as the world's largest hanging lantern by the Guinness World Records. The lantern, 10.81 meters high and 6.5 meters in diameter, was confirmed by an official Guinness adjudicator who verified the measurement Aug. 19.

Private Lodging Promoting Rural Tourism, Solving Hotel Shortfalls

Private lodging promoting rural tourism, solving hotel shortfalls

Local governments in Japan are responding to an influx of tourists into rural areas by inviting homeowners to open their doors to travelers, amid an acute accommodation shortage at hotels and other boarding facilities.

The emerging "minpaku" industry, which has become especially popular in tourist areas, allows homeowners to take payment from travelers for lodging them in their homes, apartments and other rooms, while also providing a more culturally authentic experience.

1,400 Yen To Get Inside Franck Muller's Head At Cafe In Haneda

1,400 yen to get inside Franck Muller's head at cafe in Haneda

For 1,400 yen ($13), the price of a cup of coffee, a novel cafe set up in Tokyo's Haneda Airport offers customers the chance to savor the philosophy of high-end watchmaker Franck Muller.

Muller is a "time philosopher," and the watchmaker hopes customers at the cafe really cherish the "value of time," said Katsuyuki Noda, marketing and public relations director of the company's import agency World Commerce Corp.

Star Wars-themed Folding Screen Displayed At Kyoto Temple

Star Wars-themed folding screen displayed at Kyoto temple

A folding screen painted in ink featuring main characters of the Star Wars movie was unveiled Tuesday at Byodoin, a Buddhist temple on UNESCO's World Heritage list in Kyoto Prefecture, ahead of the release of the latest episode in December.

The movie's famous robot characters R2-D2 and C-3PO as well as villain Kylo Ren were painted on the screen by Masayuki Kojo, 39, a local painter. 

Narita Airport Dumping Squat Toilets In Restroom Reform

Narita Airport dumping squat toilets in restroom reform

NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--Narita Airport is spending 5 billion yen ($45.76 million) to replace its 147 toilet facilities with cleaner, more comfortable ones in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The airport operator has begun remodeling the restrooms to provide a warm welcome for visitors who intend to watch the Games.

New Train To Offer Cheaper But Luxury Trips To The Sanin Region

New train to offer cheaper but luxury trips to the Sanin region

TOTTORI--West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) plans to let passengers experience the Sanin region's gorgeous sites and rich culture in relative luxury but without breaking the bank.

The Ametuchi sightseeing train is scheduled to start services in July 2018. It will make round trips between Tottori and Izumoshi stations on the JR Sanin Line on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

After One Year, 4.4 Million In Japan Still Play 'pokemon Go'

After one year, 4.4 million in Japan still play 'Pokemon Go'

More than 4 million people in Japan were still playing "Pokemon Go" around the first anniversary of the smartphone app, and nearly half of the players were 40 or older, according to estimates.

Although the initial craze has subsided since it was released in Japan on July 22, 2016, the smartphone game is still second only to "Line: Disney Tsum Tsum" in terms of users in Japan.

Gifu Camp Offers Mountains, River And Whatever Floats Your Boat

Gifu camp offers mountains, river and whatever floats your boat

SEKI, Gifu Prefecture--Tourists have flocked to a camp in the deep mountains here in central Japan for a chance to "levitate" over the Itadorigawa river.

When the water is crystal clear and the sunlight is bright enough to cast a crisp shadow on the riverbed, a rubber boat on the surface looks like it is floating in air, according to Tomohiro Iguchi, who works at the Itadori campground in the area.