Emperor's abdication and succession ceremonies decided

Emperor's abdication and succession ceremonies decided

Japan's government decides the details of Emperor Akihito's abdication and Crown Prince Naruhito's succession ceremonies...

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Bungee jumping in kimono

Bungee jumping in kimono

A group of 10 newly-minted adults bungee jump, some in kimono, to celebrate Coming of Age day.

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Takeda to skip IOC meeting

Takeda to skip IOC meeting

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee will miss the next IOC meeting as France targets him in a bribery probe...

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Emperor attends last poetry ceremony

Emperor attends last poetry ceremony

The New Year's poetry reading ceremony is held at the Imperial Palace with "light" as a theme.

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Demons wish for children's well-being

Demons wish for children's well-being

Demon-like creatures terrify children but wish for their well-being.

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Why Japanese people wear masks

Why Japanese people wear masks

People in Japan wear a mask to protect from infections, as well as for fashion.

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Historical site morphs into winter wonderland

Historical site morphs into winter wonderland

Like moths to light, people throng to Shirakawa-go to see the traditional village's sites in illuminated winter splendor...

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JOC top denies bribery allegations

JOC top denies bribery allegations

A scandal of Olympic proportions rocks Japan prompting Japan Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda to deny graft ...

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New adults fete Coming of Age

New adults fete Coming of Age

Nearly 1.25m new adults celebrate the Heisei Era's last Coming of Age Day.

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New Year decorations burned in prayer

New Year decorations burned in prayer

The annual 'dondo-yaki' or New Year decoration burning ritual is held on a beach in Fukui, central Japan.

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