Dancers Compete On Final Day Of Sapporo Festival

Dancers compete on final day of Sapporo festival

Teams of dancers in colorful costumes are competing on the final day of the Yosakoi Soran festival on Sunday in Sapporo, northern Japan.

About 28,000 people have been taking part in the 28th annual contest that kicked off on Wednesday at Odori Park. This type of freestyle dancing originated in the Yosakoi festival in western Japan. But the Sapporo event incorporates elements of local Soran folk music.

Sapporo Subway Service Partially Resumes

Sapporo subway service partially resumes

Subway trains are running again in Sapporo on sections of the rail network that have passed safety checks following Thursday's earthquake in Hokkaido.

Service on the Namboku Line resumed between Odori Station and Makomanai Station.

Cold-climate Creatures In Their Element In Sapporo

Cold-climate creatures in their element in Sapporo

Japan's northern island of Hokkaido is still in the grip of biting winter weather, but that's good news for some animals at a zoo in Sapporo.

The polar bears, Amur tigers, and snow leopards have been enjoying their time outdoors at the Maruyama Zoo, while giraffes and other animals from warm habitats are being kept indoors.

Sapporo Snow Festival Kicks Off

Sapporo snow festival kicks off

Visitors are flocking to the city of Sapporo on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido to see snow and ice sculptures as the annual snow festival kicks off.

The festival, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, is being held in three locations across the city. At its main Odori Park site, the event opened with a trumpet fanfare.

Huge Aerosol Spray Stockpile At Sapporo Blast Site

Huge aerosol spray stockpile at Sapporo blast site

A realtor in northern Japan had reportedly stockpiled a large quantity of aerosol spray cans at the time of a huge blast.

The explosion and ensuing fire in Sapporo City, Hokkaido, on Sunday destroyed a building housing the realtor and injured 42 people, including diners at a restaurant next door.

Aerosol Spray May Be Cause Of Blast In Sapporo

Aerosol spray may be cause of blast in Sapporo

Police in Sapporo City, northern Japan, say they suspect that an explosion may have been set off when a roomful of aerosol spray ignited.

The blast took place on Sunday night at a 2-story building in Toyohira Ward. The building houses a real estate agency, which was completely destroyed.

42 Injured After A Blast And Fire In Sapporo

42 injured after a blast and fire in Sapporo

More than 40 people were injured on Sunday when an explosion caused a fire at a commercial building housing a pub in Sapporo City on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido. Police suspect a gas leak may be the cause.

Police say the explosion occurred at around 8:30 PM in Toyohira Ward, about 3 kilometers southeast of the Sapporo City center.

Foreign Residents In Sapporo Join Disaster Drill

Foreign residents in Sapporo join disaster drill

Foreign residents in Sapporo in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido have taken part in a drill to learn how they should act in the event of an earthquake or a fire.

Hokkaido was hit by a powerful earthquake last month. The disaster highlighted the need for special assistance for foreign residents who are not familiar with earthquakes.

Night-time Lighting Back In Quake-hit Sapporo

Night-time lighting back in quake-hit Sapporo

Night-time lighting has returned to the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, about 2 weeks after a powerful earthquake hit the northern Japanese prefecture.

The September 6th quake caused an emergency shutdown of the Tomatoh-Atsuma thermal plant, the largest in Hokkaido, and that triggered a blackout affecting about 2.95 million households across the prefecture. Even after power was restored, many shops and restaurants kept neon signs and lights off at night to conserve electricity.

Sapporo Autumn Food Festival Begins

Sapporo autumn food festival begins

People are getting a taste of Hokkaido cuisine at an annual food festival in the city of Sapporo.

The Sapporo Autumn Fest began on Saturday, 8 days later than scheduled. The delay was caused by a powerful earthquake that hit the northern prefecture last week.

Sapporo Recovery Work To Begin In Dec. At Earliest

Sapporo recovery work to begin in Dec. at earliest

City officials of Sapporo in quake-hit Hokkaido say it will take at least 3 months before recovery work can start in an area badly damaged by land liquefaction.

More than 10 buildings tilted and roads sank in the Satozuka district in the city's Kiyota Ward after the September 6th earthquake triggered widespread liquefaction.

Sapporo Cuts Subway Services To Save Power

Sapporo cuts subway services to save power

The city of Sapporo in quake-hit Hokkaido Prefecture is reducing subway and streetcar services to save electricity.

Sapporo began the cuts on Monday as residents and businesses in the prefecture are being asked to meet a power-saving target of 20 percent. Hokkaido's largest thermal power plant is being repaired after it was damaged by Thursday's powerful earthquake.

Illumination Of Tv Tower In Sapporo Remains Off

Illumination of TV tower in Sapporo remains off

Concern over power shortages has led the operator of a television tower in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, to temporarily stop illuminating the popular tourist destination.

The observation floor of the tower reopened for business on Sunday and the electric clock on the tower has been turned back on.

Foreign Tourists Spend Night At Shelter In Sapporo

Foreign tourists spend night at shelter in Sapporo

About 500 tourists, including foreigners, have spent a night at an emergency shelter in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan's quake-hit prefecture of Hokkaido.

The city has set up 5 shelters for travelers who have been stranded. The nearby airport is shut down and train services are suspended.