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Yokohama Tram Museum recalls bygone era


Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 12:20 am
The first thing you encounter at the Yokohama Tram Museum is seven Yokohama municipal tram cars, each with a conspicuous ad on its front. Read More

Student’s lawsuit triggers hair-raising responses

Around 80 percent of prefectural high schools in Osaka have requested students whose natural hair color is not black to report their original color in a recent survey by the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education. Read More
 

Whimsical cat train drives up fun in Tokyo

A train decorated to look like a maneki neko, or lucky “beckoning cat” figurine, is running on the Tokyu Setagaya Line to the delight of residents. Read More
 

‘Honey trap’ and ‘selfie’ added to Japan’s Kojien dictionary

An updated version of the nation’s most authoritative Japanese-language dictionary has added 10,000 new words, including “hanii torappu” (honey trap), “biggu mausu” (big mouth) and “kareshu” (an old person’s distinctive smell), the publisher said. Read More

Fido takes flight


Updated on  November 30, 2017 at 12:37 am
A craftsman makes traditional Japanese kites in Takomo Honten, a long-established kite store in Nagoya. Read More

Autumn glow in Japan


Updated on  November 23, 2017 at 12:36 am
Japanese momiji maple trees are lit up at Eikando Zenrinji temple in Kyoto, Japan. Read More

Japan light display features 5.5 million LEDs


Updated on  November 16, 2017 at 1:23 am
Yomiuriland amusement park in western Tokyo twinkled under world-renowned lighting designer Motoko Ishii’s “Jewellumination” event. Read More

Video DJ with ALS uses only eyes to perform


Updated on  November 15, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Video DJ Masatane Muto is trying to break down barriers for people with disabilities. Read More

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