An unseasonable cold snap brings the nation's first snow of the season to the northernmost main island Hokkaido.

Cosplay comes to the museum

A museum in western Japan launches a cosplay event where people can pose like characters in their favorite paintings.

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Japan receives new Air Force One

Japan's new Air Force One arrives in Hokkaido.

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Lantern dancers illuminate summer night

One thousand lantern-topped women in kimono mesmerize spectators with elegant dancing in Kumamoto Prefecture.

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A taste of waterfall training

A Shinto priest in western Tokyo offers waterfall training, a form of traditional ascetic training for monks and priests...

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Kuchinoerabu alert could stay at 4 for 2 weeks

The eruption alert for Kuchinoerabu Island in southwest Japan could stay at 4 out of 5 for 2 weeks.

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Skylark phasing out plastic straws

Major restaurant operator Skylark will ban plastic straws by 2020 at 3200 outlets in Japan and Taiwan.

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Families send off souls on spirit boats

Families in Nagasaki Prefecture send off the spirits of their beloved ones.

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Traditional Shinto fire festival resumed in Fukushima

A traditional fire festival in Fukushima resumes for the first time since the 2011 disaster.

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German measles spreading in Japan

The number of rubella infections in Japan has doubled compared with last year.

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