News of note from Japan and beyond



Roll with the ancients and take a pottery workshop

Several decades ago, while gazing down at the sprawling metropolis from Tokyo Tower, the renowned German filmmaker Werner Herzog decried the lack of inspiring sights in a landscape where everything looks the same. Continue Reading →

Kyoto tree topping in at 60 meters dubbed Japan’s tallest

A cedar said to be 1,000 years old has been crowned Japan’s tallest tree after modern measuring equipment confirmed the living giant in a state-owned forest near Kyoto was almost twice as tall as previously thought. The Forestry Agency confirmed… Continue Reading →

Pair of droids start ‘jobs’ at Shiseido factory

Sporting molded plastic front covers marked “11” and “12”, two humanoid robots nimbly labor away on an assembly line at a make-up factory in Shizuoka Prefecture. The scene is part of a pilot project launched by Shiseido Corp. this month… Continue Reading →

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