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An Ogasawara Chronology: From Settlement to UNESCO World Heritage Listing

The environmentally unique Ogasawara Islands have a complex human history stretching back some 200 years. Below we look at the chronology of the volcanic chain from early expeditions and colonization to the present.

Reflections on Ogasawara: Remote Islands with American and Japanese IdentitiesLudy Sforza

The Ogasawara Islands offer a human history as unique as the flora and fauna that inhabit their rustic landscape. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the return of the islands to Japan by the United States following their occupation after World War II. Two Ogasawara islanders, a mother and son descended from early Western settlers, reflect on life on the culturally eclectic main island of Chichijima.

Japan’s Capital from Meiji to the Modern Age

With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the Eastern Capital, and the fever-pitch modernization of the city began in earnest. Twice the great metropolis was leveled, first by the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake and later by the fire bombings of World War II, yet both times it rose again from the ashes of devastation. With every rejuvenation, however, the city remained true to the Edo blueprint left by Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Tokyo Chosen as Second-Best City for Study Abroad

Tokyo came second in a 2018 ranking of the best cities in the world for international students, following only London.

Growth of a Great City from the Seeds of Ieyasu’s Edo

Four centuries ago, Tokyo was a small village perched on a narrow strip of land bordering an inlet from the bay. The city has been nearly wiped out several times only to revive with greater vigor than before. A look at Tokyo’s history reveals clues as to how it became the great metropolitan center that it is today.

Yokohama Chosen Most Desirable Place to Live in Kantō Region

In an annual survey, Yokohama is picked as the top place to live in the greater Tokyo area, while former favorite Kichijōji drops to third.

Number of International Students to Japan Increases for Fifth Consecutive Year

The number of international students to Japan increased for the fifth consecutive year, with a significant rise being seen in enrollment at Japanese language schools and specialized training colleges. The majority of students study at educational institutes in the Kantō area centered on Tokyo.

Japan’s Population Forecast to 2045: Tokyo Continues to Dominate

Japan’s 2015 census showed that southern Kantō (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama Prefectures) accounted for 28.4% of the overall population. This concentration in the Tokyo metropolitan area is expected to rise even further in the period up to 2045.

Imperial Palace Inui Street Opened As Cherries Fully Bloom (News)

Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)—The Imperial Palace's Inui Street is opened to the public from Saturday through April 1, as cherry trees went into full bloom in Tokyo. From the Imperial Household Agency building, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko viewed visitors to the street, where 103 cherry trees of 31 varieties are planted, compared with 75 trees of 12 varieties before recent transplant work…

A Shower of Blossoms: Tokyo Garden Shines Light on Famed Weeping Cherry (Japan in Photos)

Visitors to Tokyo’s Rikugien admire the garden’s iconic shidarezakura (weeping cherry) on March 22, 2018. The towering 70-year-old tree is in full bloom and will be lit up at night until April 5. (© Jiji)

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