Contestants Impersonate Cranes For Winter Festival

Contestants impersonate cranes for winter festival

Contestants have mimicked cranes for a winter festival in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

The event was held on Sunday in the village of Tsurui, where red-crowned cranes spend the winter. The species is designated as one of Japan's special natural treasures.

Winter Ice Floes Reach Hokkaido

Winter ice floes reach Hokkaido

The winter's first ice floes have reached the coast of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

Officials at the observatory in Abashiri City say they spotted the floating ice on the seashore on Tuesday.

Apple Chutney Helps You Get Through Cold Winter In Niigata

Apple chutney helps you get through cold winter in Niigata

Gentle popping and sizzling sounds greet the ears in the 150-year-old traditional-style house, where visitors are enveloped by the warmth coming from a wood stove. The ceiling rises 10 meters high above the grand shiny-black pillars and beams.

Satoyama Jujo is a hot-spring hotel that opened in 2014 in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, a renowned production area of rice. The hotel, which also welcomes a constant stream of foreign guests, has a restaurant called Sanaburi, whose popular dishes feature vegetables and edible wild plants.

Kis-my-ft2 To Hold A Dome Tour This Winter

Kis-My-Ft2 to hold a dome tour this winter

Kis-My-Ft2 will hold a dome tour called 'Kis-My-Ft2 DOME CONCERT 2018' in December.  

The last time the groups held a winter dome tour was five years ago. For their upcoming tour, they are scheduled to perform two shows in Osaka and two shows in Tokyo. Their official fan club is currently accepting applications for tickets.

How To Channel Your Inner Rally Driver At Subaru's Winter Experience

How To Channel Your Inner Rally Driver At Subaru's Winter ExperienceSome high-performance automakers, like Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-AMG, offer a winter driving school for consumers and owners to partake in. Subaru, which has made a name for itself with its Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system that has helped owners tackle inclement weather and even the occasional gravel road, doesn’t – but that will change with the introduction of the Winter Driving Experience.

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Quick Spin Review | All Hail The Winter King

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Quick Spin Review | All hail the winter kingNissan tends to use the Chicago Auto Show to showcase weird or interesting concepts – just look at the Winter Warrior vehicles from a few years back. For 2018, the Japanese automaker is bringing a pair of snow-ready concepts fresh off the powder in Eastern Idaho. The track-equipped 370Zki (pronounced ski) will be joined by the lifted and brightened Nissan Armada Snow Patrol. We had a chance to preview both vehicles in their natural environment.

Ice Monsters Offer Winter Scare At Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Ice monsters offer winter scare at Zao Onsen ski resort

YAMAGATA--Skiers and snowboarders paused on their runs down the mountain as glimpses of "juhyo" ice monsters sent shivers down their spine at the renowned Zao Onsen ski resort here on Jan. 20.

Vacationers enjoyed the spectacle of enormous, glittering trees covered in hoarfrost and ice against the deep blue sky as they descended on skis and snowboards.

Aichi Pref. Zoo Puts Spotlight On Winter Bonfire-loving Monkeys

Aichi Pref. zoo puts spotlight on winter bonfire-loving monkeys

INUYAMA, Aichi -- The annual bonfire for Yakushima macaques at the Japan Monkey Centre here was shown to the press on Dec. 21, as a troop of monkeys sat by the fire to keep warm.

Some 150 monkeys flocked to the fire at the "Monkey Valley" exhibition area as soon as the staff set some scrap wood alight. They seemed to be enjoying the warmth, turning their bellies toward the fire and placing their hands over the flames. The monkeys then munched on sweet potatoes that had been baked in the fire.

For Those Cold Winter Evenings, A Chicken-ball Hot Pot

For those cold winter evenings, a chicken-ball hot pot

Masahiro Kasahara, proprietor of Japanese cuisine restaurant Sanpi-Ryoron in Tokyo's Ebisu district, had an initial goal of turning just 10 percent of his customers into die-hard fans.

The popularity of his dishes has soared. And the 45-year-old chef continues to communicate the joy of cooking through television, radio and magazines.

Winter Light Display At 'german Village' In Chiba Gets Underway

Winter light display at 'German Village' in Chiba gets underway

SODEGAURA, Chiba -- The annual winter light display at the "Country Farm Tokyo German Village" kicked off here on Nov. 1, and will continue shining brightly in the evenings until April 8, 2018.

Consisting of about 3 million light bulbs in total -- roughly 500,000 more than last year -- this year's display at the popular tourist attraction is based on a "fairy tale" theme.