BEPPU, Oita Prefecture--Patrons at a rustic communal bathhouse here who soak in the famed Beppu hot spring waters could enjoy the offerings of a rival resort hundreds of kilometers away without climbing out of the tub.
The Kotobuki Onsen accepted the spring water from its rival, the Kusatsu hot spring resort in Gunma Prefecture, on Nov. 6.
With trial sniffer dog cancer screenings being carried out in a Japanese town, researchers are hoping to one day make the noninvasive health checks widely available across Japan.
But experts say securing experienced handlers and attracting financial resources will be crucial to boosting the number of trained sniffer dogs available to make the unique program more practical to implement in future.
Japanese momiji maple trees are lit up at Eikando Zenrinji temple in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, on Thursday night during a lighting test. The temple, a famous sightseeing spot for autumn leaves with about 3,000 maple trees, will hold a special night viewing event from Tuesday through Dec. 6. The temple says the middle of this month is the best time to view the illuminated leaves.
On a crisp autumn morning, colorful hot-air balloons took off from a riverbed in the southwestern Japanese city of Saga for the opening of one of Asia's largest festivals for the aircraft on Nov. 1.
The five-day Saga International Balloon Fiesta will feature 111 balloons from 18 countries and regions, with competitors taking part in a variety of challenges including precision maneuvers.
Unpublished works of manga legend Jiro Taniguchi, who died earlier this year, have been unearthed and will be released to the public in December, a Japanese publisher has announced.
Taniguchi, who died in February at the age of 69, is famous for his exquisite line drawings and for a number of smash hits such as "Kodoku no Gurume" (The Lonely Gourmet), which was adapted in a TV series.
A special facility that offers short-term stays for cancer patients who are usually based at home has been opened at a clinic in Tokyo's Sumida Ward, it has been learned.
Clinic Kawagoe appears to have tapped into a gap in the medical care market, as there are numerous cancer patients in Japan who require temporary stays at medical facilities due to family circumstances and other reasons. However, admission to palliative care units at conventional hospitals is a complicated process.
Even 20 years after the original manga and anime ended their runs in Japan, "Sailor Moon" still retains her powers and hold over her fans, as crowds to the first permanent shop dedicated to the girl superheroine will attest.
About 200 fans waited in line for the world's first Sailor Moon permanent shop to open on Sept. 23 in Tokyo's hip Harajuku district, and more than 600 customers turned up. On average, about 400 customers visited the store each day during the first week. The store has become so popular that clerks have to temporarily limit the number of shoppers allowed inside when it is overcrowded.
Jiji Press LONDON (Jiji Press) — New high-speed train cars manufactured by Hitachi Ltd. made an embarrassing debut in Britain on Monday, hit by delays and broken air conditioning.
The first service, which had Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on board, departed 25 minutes later than scheduled and arrived 41 minutes late due to technical problems, according to BBC and other media reports.
The Yomiuri ShimbunFor the first time in 12 years, the "great meander of the Kuroshio current" has affected catch-es of shirasu whitebait. Shirasu catch-es along the Pacific Ocean have fallen into a slump, and hauls in Shizuoka and Aichi prefectures, which are famous for their catches of the fish, have declined significantly.
Due to the abnormalities in the current, supermarkets in Tokyo are struggling to secure shirasu products.
By Etsuo Kono / Japan News Staff Write Small factories in Niigata Prefecture are attracting attention from around the world for the original technologies they utilize.
The fifth annual Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival was held from Thursday to Sunday in the Tsubame-Sanjo area, a region renowned for producing metal processing technology and materials. Many visitors from home and abroad enjoyed a close-up view of the manufacturing process at about 80 factories this year.
By Yukiko Uto / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterAn increasing number of people are becoming concerned about their sleep. Consulting rooms and smartphone apps proposing ways to get good-quality sleep have become popular, and some companies are even providing sleep seminars for employees.
"You roll over less than you should in your sleep," said Maiko Watanabe, 31, head of Nemuri no Sodanjo, a consultation center for specialty bedding maker Nishikawa Sangyo Co., as she looked at data on a computer screen. Nemuri no Sodanjo opened this spring in Yurakucho, Tokyo.
A team of "flying doctors" providing emergency medical support to disaster zones on Thursday showed its specially adapted aircraft to the press at Saga airport in southwestern Japan.
The team consisting of doctors from Saga University Hospital and pilots is on standby around the clock to provide relief in times of disasters, according to the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Japan, the operator of the emergency unit.