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Flying Fish

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 12:46 am
Colorful carp streamers fluttered in the air over the Kawakami Gorge in Saga, Saga prefecture, southwestern Japan, last month. Read More

Sapporo Dome boasts hovering stage

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team plans to move from Sapporo Dome, but the facility will remain one of Hokkaido’s largest event venues, due in large part to its innovative movable turf field. Read More

Pikachu inspired by a squirrel, creators reveal

The design for Pikachu, one of the main characters in the popular game franchise Pocket Monsters, better known as Pokemon, was based on a squirrel — not a mouse — developers of the game have told The Yomiuri Shimbun. Read More

Forest research institute develops sake out of wood

A forest research institute in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, has succeeded in making “wood sake” by developing a technology that produces alcohol suitable for drinking by fermenting wood through a method used to produce sake. Read More

Game pads prove handy for decommissioning nuclear plants

Video game pads and similar products are being used to mani- pulate robots engaged in decommissioning work at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings’ disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Read More

Moment of Reflection

Updated on  May 17, 2018 at 12:42 am
Fresh green leaves are reflected on an acrylic sheet inside a hall at Jufukuji temple in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Read More

Museum focuses on digitial art

Updated on  May 10, 2018 at 12:36 am
A vast expanse of Venetian glass lamps greets visitors at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: Epson teamLab Borderless in Tokyo. Read More

Agency mulls easing new emperor’s duties

Updated on  May 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm
Royal roles are transitioning as Japan readies for the crown prince to assume responsibility. Read More

Monkeys in hot water show less stress, study finds

Japanese macaques, a species of monkey inhabiting Japan, reduce their stress levels in winter by bathing in onsen hot springs to warm their bodies, according to new research. Read More

Tokyo museum explores the world of parasites

It’s hard to believe that about 60,000 parasitological specimens are housed in a building on bustling Meguro-dori avenue in Tokyo, which is lined with fashionable shops. Read More

Sony employees’ ideas get in-house incubator

Updated on  April 19, 2018 at 12:35 am
Aiming to recover the Sony corporate culture that produced the legendary Walkman and PlayStation in the past, Sony Corp.’s Seed Acceleration Program seeks to promote new businesses proposed by Sony Group employees. Read More

Spring Time

Updated on  April 19, 2018 at 12:32 am
A flock of fluffy baby sheep awaits the arrival of spring at Ecorin Village, a theme park featuring agriculture and the environment, in Eniwa, Hokkaido, Japan. Read More