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Budōkan Display Shines Light on Old-Style Japanese Martial Arts (Video)

A display of traditional Japanese martial arts that included archery, swordsmanship, and gunnery was held at the Nippon Budōkan in Tokyo on February 4, 2018. This year is the forty-first time the event has been held and marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. (© Jiji)

Mori Towers Revamping Tokyo’s Skyline

Tokyo’s skyline has dramatically changed over the past few decades as new clusters of high-rises have sprung up around the city. Mori Towers are at the forefront of urban development projects that are transforming the heart of the capital.

Visitors Flock As Xiang Xiang Viewing on First-Come Basis Starts (Video)

Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)—Visitors flocked to Tokyo's Ueno Zoo on Thursday as the public viewing of its female giant panda cub, Xiang Xiang, on a first-come, first-served basis started the day. Some 1,200 people queued in front of the zoo in Taitō Ward even before it opened at 9:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m. GMT). Upon the opening, Xiang Xiang fans who were eagerly waiting for the day to arrive r…

Blue Moon Blushes During Lunar Eclipse (Japan in Photos)

The moon seen from Tokyo takes on a rosy tint as it passes through the Earth’s shadow during the total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018. Clear skies in the capital and other parts of Japan made for optimal viewing of the rare celestial event. (© Jiji)

Tokyo Metro Starts Playing Restful Music on Hibiya Line (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Metro Co. started playing background music on one of the trains on its Hibiya Line in Tokyo on a test basis on Monday. The train is the first with music in the country other than sightseeing trains, according to the subway operator. "We hope calm music will help soothe our customers," a Tokyo Metro official said. Tokyo Metro decided on the trial after the…

Greater Tokyo Sees Net Population Inflow for 22nd Year (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)—The number of people who moved into the greater Tokyo area exceeded that of people moving out by 119,779 in 2017, marking a net population inflow for the twenty-second straight year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Monday. The net inflow into the area—Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa—increased 1,911 …

Crane Sculpture Grows Wings of Ice as Tokyo Shivers (Japan in Photos)

Icicles hang off the crane fountain at Hibiya Park in central Tokyo as the mercury drops to minus four degrees Celsius on the morning of January 25, 2018. This is the coldest recorded temperature in the capital for 48 years. (© Jiji)

Tokyo Hit by Heavy Snow (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo and neighboring prefectures in eastern Japan had heavy snow on Monday, causing wide-scale traffic disruptions that affected evening commuters in the region. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a heavy snow warning for most of the Kantō-Kōshin region, including Tokyo's densely populated 23 central municipalities for the first time in about four years. Ped…

Ueno Zoo Monorail Continues to Be Loved by Children (News)

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—While female giant panda cub Xiang Xiang has been attracting huge attention since she was born at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in June 2017, you can also see children at the animal park in Taitō Ward in the Japanese capital happily riding a tiny monorail that marked its sixtieth anniversary last month. The shortest monorail line in Japan, with a length of 330 meters, has only two statio…

Five Tokyo CentersNippon.com Staff

Tokyo sprawls over more than 2,000 square kilometers of land. This is the figure for the area of the metropolis alone—a unit basically equivalent to the other prefectures in Japan—and does not include places where the urban sprawl spills over into neighboring prefectures. But unlike the other 46, Tokyo lacks a prefectural capital that could be defined as its center. So what is the center of Japan’…

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