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Three Cheers for Shan Shan: Ueno Zoo’s Panda Cub Gets a Name (Japan in Photos)

An employee of doll maker Kyūgetsu holds a banner celebrating the naming of Ueno Zoo’s giant panda cub in front of a display of stuffed panda dolls at the company’s main shop in Tokyo on September 25, 2017. The metropolitan government announced the name of the female cub born in June as Shan Shan in Japanese, or Xiang Xiang in Chinese, based on the repeated character 香, meaning fragrance. (© J…
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Harajuku Showroom Looks Ahead to Tokyo 2020 with Official Olympic and Paralympic Goods (Japan in Photos)

A showroom selling official Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic goods opened in Harajuku, Tokyo, on September 14, 2017. It will sell T-shirts, badges, and many other goods featuring the logos of the games until late November. It is open every day, apart from Wednesday, from 11 in the morning until 7 in the evening. Photograph shows the press opening on September 13, 2017. (© Jiji)
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Koike Says Market Relocation after June 2018 (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Monday that the relocation of the aging Tsukiji wholesale food market to the Toyosu district is unlikely to take place at least until after June 2018. "Additional decontamination work (at the Toyosu site in Kōtō) is now expected to end in early June next year and the relocation will happen after that," Koike told a meeting of the Toky…
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Ueno Zoo Issues Update on Baby Giant Panda (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Tuesday that the female cub born to the zoo's giant panda, Shin Shin, moves her head to follow objects in motion near her, suggesting she can recognize things in front of her. According to the zoo, Monday's body measurement showed that the cub is growing steadily, weighing 3,756.4 grams and reaching 47.9 centimeters long, up from 3,010.4 grams a…
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Rain, Rain, Go Away: Tokyo’s Wettest August for Years (Japan in Photos)

Pedestrians with umbrellas cross Shibuya’s scramble crossing on August 16, 2017. It has been unseasonably wet in Tokyo this summer, with rain every day so far this month. This is the longest streak of regular precipitation in August since 1977, when the month saw 22 consecutive days of rain. (© Jiji)
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Keeping Cool at the “Water-Splashing Festival” (Japan in Photos)

Participants carrying a portable shrine get drenched in Tokyo’s Fukagawa Hachiman Festival on August 13, 2017. The liberal dousing of teams with water by spectators is all part of the traditional summer fun at this event, also known as the mizukake matsuri (water-splashing festival). It continues until August 15. (© Jiji)
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Dancing in the Street: “Bon Odori” Comes to Shibuya (Japan in Photos)

Revelers take part in a traditional bon odori dance in Shibuya, Tokyo, on August 5, 2017. The famed scramble crossing and local roads were closed to traffic for the Obon festivities. Yukata-clad dancers set the party going on a stage in front of the Shibuya 109 fashion complex. Locals and tourists soon joined in, bringing a time-honored summer event to the heart of the metropolis. (© Jiji)
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Fire Breaks Out at Tsukiji Outer Market (Japan in Photos)

Smoke and flames swirl around fire crews as they battle a blaze at Tsukiji's outer market on August 3, 2017. More than 40 Tokyo Fire Department engines responded to the fire; there are no reports of injuries. (© Jiji)
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Flowers Bloom over Tokyo’s Sumida River (Japan in Photos)

Rain failed to dampen the excitement of the Sumida River Fireworks, Tokyo’s largest display, which took place on Saturday, July 29. Massive crowds gathered along the banks of the river watched as around 20,000 fireworks boomed, sparkled, and cascaded overhead. (© Jiji)
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Japan Eyes Removal of Expressway over Landmark Tokyo Bridge (News)

Tokyo, July 21 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese infrastructure ministry plans to consider removing the expressway over Tokyo's landmark Nihonbashi Bridge, in a bid to improve the landscape, it was learned on Friday. The ministry is looking at moving underground the Inner Circular Route's 2.9-kilometer section between Takebashi Junction and Edobashi Junction. For the project, expected to cost sever…
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