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.

2018 Nissan Titan Xd Gears Up For Winter With Snowplow Pack

2018 Nissan Titan XD Gears Up For Winter With Snowplow Pack

Nissan announced the new Snow Plow Prep package for the Titan full-size pickup truck, which makes it compatible with a range of commercial and personal snow plows.

The new package replaces the front springs with heavier duty ones which increase the front gross axle weight rating capacity by 575 pounds (from 4,325lbs to 4,900lbs), enabling the fitment of snow plows up to 786lbs (in the case of the Titan XD Gas Crew Cab S model).

2018 Nissan Titan Xd Will Be Winter-ready With New Snow Plow Prep Package

2018 Nissan TITAN XD will be winter-ready with new Snow Plow Prep Package

NASHVILLE – Though winter officially doesn’t start until December 21, the 2018 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup will be ready for the worst the season can throw at it with the arrival of a new Snow Plow Prep Package. The package, which includes high-capacity, heavy-duty front springs, will be available this fall for use with a range of commercial and personal snow plows from five leading snow plow manufacturers: Boss, Fisher, Meyer, SnowEx and Western.

Mild Winter Brings Cherry Blossoms To Izu 10 Days Early

Mild winter brings cherry blossoms to Izu 10 days earlyAn unseasonably warm January led to an even earlier-than-usual bloom for the famed Kawazu cherry trees here, to the delight of visitors pouring in for a flower viewing festival.
The trees, which always bloom earlier than other cherry species, are already reaching their peak along the Kawazugawa river, about 10 days earlier than usual.

Asian Winter Games Offer Athletes Ideal Prep For Olympics

Asian Winter Games offer athletes ideal prep for OlympicsWith the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent's leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018.
The eighth Asian Winter Games will open Sunday in Sapporo, on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events.

The Lexus Canada Winter High Performance Driving Program

The Lexus Canada Winter High Performance Driving ProgramUp in the Laurentian mountains, about an hour outside of Montreal, Québec, there’s a different kind of race track. Instead of asphalt or even gravel, Circuit Mécaglisse is covered in six inches of ice. And this is not just any ice, but a hockey rink-quality surface meticulously built up over two months of daily flooding and careful grading.

Kawasaki: Krt Ready To Fly After Final European Winter Test

Kawasaki: KRT Ready To Fly After Final European Winter TestKawasaki Racing Team pairing Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea concluded their final European-based winter tests on the Ninja ZX-10RR at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, on 1st and 2nd February, sharing the track with some of their 2017 rivals. Experiencing mixed weather conditions at the tests Rea confidently topped the times with his day one best lap, with Sykes posting the second fastest lap as he worked through set-up and component options.

Winter Best Season For Seri In Hot Pot

Winter best season for seri in hot potThere are a variety of main ingredients for nabe hot pot dishes — pork, chicken and seafood, to name a few. But in Miyagi Prefecture and its vicinity, seri, a type of Japanese parsley, has been gaining popularity.
Seri is widely known as one of the seven kinds of spring herbs in Japan. Belonging to the Japanese parsley family, this perennial grows naturally in paddies and watery environments across the nation.

Tokyo Basks In Unusually Warm Winter Weather

Tokyo basks in unusually warm winter weatherA wave of warm weather -- caused by warm air flowing in from the south -- suddenly swept across the Kanto region on Jan. 30, with temperatures exceeding 20 degrees Celsius in some parts of the area.
Following this jump in temperature, blossoms were observed on plum trees at places including Yushima Tenmangu shrine -- commonly known as Yushima Tenjin -- in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, one week earlier than normal.