Hot Air Balloon Event Kicks Off In Saga

Hot air balloon event kicks off in Saga

Hot air balloons have added color to the blue autumn sky as one of Asia's largest balloon festivals opened in Saga City, southwestern Japan, on Thursday.

The 40th Saga International Balloon Fiesta has attracted 121 balloons from 16 countries and regions, including the United States, China and Australia.

Kunchi Festival Kicks Off In Nagasaki

Kunchi festival kicks off in Nagasaki

An autumn event dating back more than 380 years has kicked off in Nagasaki City, southwestern Japan.

The Kunchi festival is designated as an important national intangible folk cultural asset.

Rugby World Cup Kicks Off In Japan

Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan

The 2019 Rugby World Cup has started in Japan. Twenty teams will compete for the title. In the tournament's opener on Friday, Japan faces Russia.

The teams are split into four pools, with the top two in each advancing to the knockout stages.

Rugby World Cup: Japan Set For Opening Kick-off

Rugby World Cup: Japan set for opening kick-off

The Rugby World Cup is set to kick off in Japan on Friday night. Over the next six weeks, 20 squads will compete for a shot at the title.

Forty-eight games will be held at 12 venues across the country. Among them is Kamaishi in northeastern Japan, a city devastated by the tsunami of 2011. The final will take place in Yokohama.

Kddi Begins Operating Base Station Ship Off Chiba

KDDI begins operating base station ship off Chiba

A Japanese telecom company has begun operating a vessel that enables people to use mobile phone services in typhoon-hit Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Mobile phone services remain unavailable across the southern and other parts of the prefecture, partly due to massive power outages caused by Typhoon Faxai. The storm struck the greater Tokyo area a week ago.

Japan's Rugby Team Seen Off For World Cup

Japan's rugby team seen off for World Cup

More than 5,000 people gathered at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday to see off 29 members of Japan's rugby team. It will take part in the World Cup that starts in the country on September 20th.

Captain Michael Leitch said he wants to fight with a special feeling as the event will be held on home turf, and he wants the fans to support them with 100-percent of their energy.

Ticad To Kick Off

TICAD to kick off

Leaders from over 50 African countries, representatives of international organizations and the UN Secretary General are descending upon the port city of Yokohama for the opening of TICAD, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

The three-day summit kicks off Wednesday and will include an opening speech from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Awa Odori Dance Festival Kicks Off In Tokushima

Awa Odori dance festival kicks off in Tokushima

One of Japan's most famous mid-summer dance festivals, the Awa Odori, has kicked off in the western city of Tokushima.

At the opening ceremony on Monday, Tokushima Mayor Akiyoshi Endo said he hopes everyone enjoys the annual event.