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Shrines Transform With Colorful Flowers

Shrines in Japan are cooling off from the summer heat by taking the art of flower arrangement to a whole new level.

Oldest Storyteller of Nagasaki Atomic Bombing

At the age of 93, storyteller Tsuiki Shohei continues to talk about his experiences of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki and is studying English so he can directly appeal to people around the world.

Shine on at the Yamaga Lantern Festival

Witness one thousand women dancing with gold and silver lanterns on their head, reenacting an ancient mythical tale.

Hospital Supports Pregnant Women in Need

A hospital that operates Japan’s only baby hatch, where mothers can place their unwanted babies anonymously, has started taking in pregnant women of lesser means to help them give birth, in what is believe to be the first such attempt in the country.

Japan PM Vows Aid to Rain-Battered Kumamoto

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visits the disaster-stricken areas of Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan’s southwestern region has been devastated by torrential rains and flooding.

Kumamoto Remembers Quake Victims Amid Pandemic

A memorial ceremony to mark the 4th anniversary of the Kumamoto earthquake was downsized to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Central Japan Railway Adds More Bullet Trains

Central Japan Railway Company increased the number of its Nozomi bullet trains to 12 per hour ahead of the Obon summer vacation.

Explore an Ancient Land of Volcanic Power

Experience the sacred lands that birthed Japan, whose living legacy lingers in legend in Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park!

An Incredible World in Miniature

A short journey from Kumamoto or Oita prefectures will bring travelers to Aso-Kuju National Park, a beautiful area that is one of the first official national parks in Japan.

Kyushu Bank Redesigned Using Local Wood

The power of design was on full display when Higo Bank, a regional bank in Kyushu, opened its newest branch and completely transformed all our preconceptions of how a bank can make us feel.

20,000 Bamboo Lanterns Light Up Oita

As the sun set on Taketa City last month, tourists and locals alike gathered together near the Oka Castle ruins to be amazed by the Chikuraku Festival.

Southwestern Japan Rocked by Rains & Flooding

Heavy rain in Japan’s southwestern region of Kyushu has left at least 57 people dead in Kumamoto and Fukuoka prefectures. More rain is expected from Wednesday night.

Japan's State of Emergency: What Does It Mean?

If you were thinking of traveling to Japan, there are new restrictions to heed.

200-Year-Old Soy Sauce Manufacturer Rebuilds

In April of 2016, a powerful earthquake rocked Kumamoto, toppling parts of Kumamoto Castle and damaging many other historical sites. One of those was 200-year-old soy sauce maker Hamada Shoyu. This is the story of their historic redesign by Kengo Kumo.

Nagasaki, 75 Years After the Atomic Bombing

Nearly 500 people commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing on Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

State of Emergency Will Not Disrupt Services

Japan declares a state of emergency, but it will be business as usual for public infrastructure, major banks, and convenience stores.

Top 10 Photogenic Spots in Nagasaki

As the epicenter where western culture entered Japan, Nagasaki is a prefecture unlike any other. It is also brimming with gorgeous spots that are just begging to be photographed!

5 Unmissable Reasons to Visit Saga

Just a short two-hour flight from Tokyo, Saga will bestow you with rare, incredible experiences that will connect you to the heart of Japan’s green tea industry, the romantic atmosphere of Showa period and plenty of traditional Japanese crafts.

Shogi Prodigy Becomes Youngest with 2 Titles

Sota Fujii became the youngest player of the traditional Japanese board game to hold two of its eight major titles.

People Are Grabbing Paper for Health

People scramble to grab pieces of “sacred” paper from a demon at a Shinto shrine in southwestern Japan.

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