Japanese Garden At Shimane Art Museum Ranked No. 1--again

Japanese garden at Shimane art museum ranked No. 1--again

YASUGI, Shimane Prefecture--The garden of an art museum here was rated as Japan's best for the 16th straight year by a popular U.S. gardening journal.

The Journal of Japanese Gardening, aka Sukiya Living Magazine, selected the Adachi Museum of Art's garden from among more than 900 around Japan in 2018, museum officials announced.

Visiting Hamarikyu Gardens

Visiting Hamarikyu Gardens

I recently spent a cold afternoon strolling around Hamarikyu Gardens, a stone's throw from The Asahi Shimbun Tokyo headquarters, the office to which I send my biweekly manuscripts.

Why visit a famous garden in the dead of winter when there's not much to see? Tsk-tsk. It's the lack of the in-your-face colors and fragrances that vigorously compete for attention, like in the spring, that opens one's senses to the muted joys that abound if only we become aware.

Pink Bush Cricket Stands Out In Greenery Of Shizuoka Park

Pink bush cricket stands out in greenery of Shizuoka park

IWATA, Shizuoka Prefecture--An extremely rare and new addition to an insect observation park here clearly didn't have camouflage in mind when it was found hiding in green foliage.

The critter that is causing such a stir is a pink bush cricket, also known as long-horned grasshopper.

Photo Journal: Autumnal Avenue

Photo Journal: Autumnal avenue

Visitors admire autumn-colored leaves as they walk along Inui Street on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, on Dec. 2, 2017. The road was opened to the public on Dec. 2 for the first time in 18 months, and will remain open daily until Dec. 10. (Mainichi)

Autumn Foliage Shines At Night In Tokyo's Rikugien Gardens

Autumn foliage shines at night in Tokyo's Rikugien Gardens

Autumn foliage is now at its most brilliant in Rikugien Gardens in central Tokyo with huge crowds turning out, especially at night, as the leaves are illuminated after sunset.

Bathed in blue lights, which represent water, the colorful leaves illuminated against the dark sky create a dream-like world.

Large Crowd Gathers At Kyoto Temple To Take In Autumn Colors

Large crowd gathers at Kyoto temple to take in autumn colors

KYOTO--Thousands of visitors converged on Tofukuji temple in Higashiyama Ward here to marvel at the 2,000 or so maple trees showing off shades of autumn ranging from deep red to bright yellow.

Temple officials said as many as 35,000 people will visit the temple on a weekend day during the peak fall leaf viewing period.

Photo: Autumn Foliage In Japan's Kyoto

GALLERY: Autumn foliage in Japan's Kyoto

With the summer heat now a thing of the past, Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto is abrim with bursts of stunning colors as its iconic autumn foliage season draws in throngs of visitors from both Japan and overseas.


Poised And Red-dy

Poised and red-dy

The Yomiuri ShimbunRed poinsettias fill a greenhouse at Kawate Noen farm in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday. The farm has started shipments for the Christmas season and expects the peak to be around Nov. 20. About 5,000 pots are expected to be shipped to the Tokyo metropolitan area, according to the farm.

New Blue Cyclamen Variety Unveiled

New blue cyclamen variety unveiled

Suntory Flowers Ltd. showed off its new brand of blue cyclamen in Narita, Chiba Prefecture on Thursday.

The cyclamen, which has many indigo petals and is named "Edo no Ao," was unveiled to the press by the company, a unit of major Japanese food and beverage group Suntory Holdings Ltd.

Photo: Shining In Gold

Shining in goldGingko trees regale visitors to the Meiji Jingu Gaien area in Tokyo on Wednesday. About 140 gingko trees have started to display their autumnal yellow, about a week earlier than usual, according to the administrative office of the area. The foliage is expected to be at its finest in mid-November or later.

Photo: Autumn Glow

Autumn glow

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.

Unison Square Garden's New Pv Is Set In A Music Program

UNISON SQUARE GARDEN's new PV is set in a music program

UNISON SQUARE GARDEN has uploaded the short PV for their new single "Invisible Sensation" onto YouTube.

"Invisible Sensation" is the band's new single that's slated for release on November 8. It's currently being used as the opening theme for TV anime 'Ball Room e Youkoso.' Set in a music program, the PV shows the film crew causing an accident while shooting the band's performance. The full video will be included in the Limited Edition DVD.