Geography of Japan

Urban thrall

Tokyo has always been a hub for emerging design, new takes on fashion and innovative ideas. Visitors are hit by a barrage of new looks waiting to be absorbed.

Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am

The wind of change gusting through Osaka politics may well reach Tokyo

Japan has just experienced a major political earthquake, but few people outside the country even noticed. The convincing election victory of Toru Hashimoto to become Osaka mayor threatens to shake up the politics of the city, the Kansai region and Japan at large, with ripples that could spread beyond the country.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Japanese students risk life for audition

Officials of the Asian Youth Orchestra were holding auditions in Tokyo when the quake hit.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Springs break

Although its name conjures up images of steak, Kobe city is only one attraction in Japan's scenic Hyogo prefecture, of which it is the capital. Straddling southern Shikoku, between the Sea of Japan and the Inland Sea, as the mercury drops, this sleepy province offers a good winter weekend escape, with great skiing, thermal hot pools and plenty of sake to keep the cold at bay.

8 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Tang aims to beef up for Beijing

Tang Yik-chun took the silver medal in the men's 100 metres in round three of the Hong Kong League yesterday before heading back to San Diego on Wednesday to continue his preparations for the Beijing Olympic Games.

Yesterday's race was won by Keung Chun-wai, who timed 10.89 seconds. Tang clocked 10.95.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Tokyo's parks and gardens

The green spaces in Japan's capital city offer a respite from the teeming metropolis and are home to an array of alluring attractions and botanical delights.

1. Ueno Park

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Forever young

At new Japanese restaurant Naha, in Taikoo Shing, almost everything is proudly imported from Okinawa - including the restaurant's executive chef. Seiichiro Asato has spent more than 25 years in the industry and brings a familiarity with the regional fare paired with Tokyo-trained presentation.

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

War orphan battles for justice

Growing up in China after the war, Kunihiro Kanou was bullied by local people and not permitted to go to university as he was Japanese.

Before the age of 30, he had only menial, part-time jobs. Left behind as an infant when his parents fled in the chaos at the end of the conflict, he only managed to return to Japan in October 1982.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

A walk on the mild side

Hand over about 10,000 yen (HK$650) in Kyoto and you can have yourself made-up to look like a maiko, or apprentice geisha, at one of several establishments. Customers are dressed, made-up, fitted with koppori clogs, photographed then, if they choose, they can totter away with coquettish trepidation for some time in the outside world.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am


What's going on around the globe

It's that time of the year again, when thousands of Santa's little helpers in Tokyo start preparing presents for boys and girls who've been good. And the top gifts this season are restaurant seats, hotel reservations and ... party packs of flavoured condoms.

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Off the wall

With a barely audible hiss and a final flick of his wrist, the artist completes his spray-painted work of art. It is bright, aggressive and on public display.

The problem is that it is too public; daubed on a station wall, it is the kind of art that passers-by cannot fail to see.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Down the plughole

Once the heartbeat of every couple of blocks of every suburban community in Tokyo, the institution of the public bathhouse is slowly drying up.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Politics of peace

Toshiyuki Obora is an unlikely threat to society. Bespectacled and soft-spoken, the 47- year-old has spent much of his adult life working as a cook in a Tokyo school and preaching pacifism on his days off. In 2004, however, he was arrested by Japanese police, interrogated and held in detention for 75 days. 'I thought it would never end,' he said.

16 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


What's going on around the globe

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Yaeyama Islands

1 Ma-sando, Ishigaki City, Ishigaki-jima

17 Aug 2005 - 12:00am