Panasonic : A Stylish, Energy-saving Solution For The Summer Ahead

Panasonic : A stylish, energy-saving solution for the summer aheadAs the season changes and the temperature begins to rise, it’s time to start preparing for the summer ahead with a stylish and practical new addition to your home. Our new range of Inverter air conditioners feature a sophisticated, slimline design, enhanced technology and intelligent features that will take you through summer feeling cool and comfortable.

Soccer: Kagawa Ineffective For United Ahead Of World Cup Qualifying

Soccer: Kagawa ineffective for United ahead of World Cup qualifyingShinji Kagawa rued his last performance for Manchester United ahead of the international week in a 3-2 come-from-behind away win to Southampton on Sunday.

Kagawa started his third straight match in the hole for United, who marked Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,000th game in charge with their second victory of the season, keyed by a hat-trick from Robin van Persie.

Kyoto Geisha Pose In Kimonos Ahead Of Autumn Festival

Kyoto geisha pose in kimonos ahead of autumn festival As a harbinger of autumn and fall colors, 15 geisha and apprentice geisha called "maiko" posed in bright and colorful kimonos for photographers on Aug. 31.

While Kyoto residents continued to suffer in the sweltering summer heat, the geisha brought thoughts of the cooler weather ahead in the fitting and photo session for the 55th Gion Odori festival, which will be held from Nov. 1-10.

Japan Teenage Olympic Stars Look Ahead To Rio

Japan teenage Olympic stars look ahead to RioJapan's teenage athletes have returned from the London Olympics, setting their sights on the Rio de Janeiro games in four years.

"I've been practicing since the day after returning. Yesterday was the first break since getting back, so I watched online videos of the athletes of other countries who performed with me," said gymnast Asuka Teramoto, 16, who took 11th place in the individual all-around event, the highest place among Japanese athletes in London. "I was able to perform like always. I got good advice from competitor Rie Tanaka that if I sang before performing I wouldn't get nervous."

Full Steam Ahead For 93-year-old Model Train Builder

Full steam ahead for 93-year-old model train builderFull steam ahead for 93-year-old model train builderNobutaro Hara built his first model train, an electric steam locomotive, when he was in the sixth grade. Now, some 80 years later, both man and machine are still going strong. The recently opened Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama showcases some of his 6,000 handcrafted model train cars, and the Tokyo native says he has plans to build still more.

Golf: Ishikawa Pleased With Memorial Outing Ahead Of Us Open

Golf: Ishikawa pleased with Memorial outing ahead of US OpenRyo Ishikawa faded from fifth to ninth at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday but came away upbeat after his second top-10 finish of the season.

"Never in my entire career have I golfed focusing on course management like I did today; I've always focused on the swing," said Ishikawa, who shot a 73 after canceling three birdies with four bogeys.

Olympics: 71-yr-old Rider Says He Is Getting Better With Age Ahead Of Olympics

Olympics: 71-yr-old rider says he is getting better with age ahead of OlympicsAt the age of 71, Japanese dressage rider Hiroshi Hoketsu believes he still has something to offer after securing a third equestrian Olympic appearance at this summer's London Games.  

''Even now I still feel like I'm improving little by little,'' Hoketsu said at a packed press conference Thursday. ''Once I feel like I'm not very good anymore, I'll pack it in right away. I think it's good I'm getting older.''