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

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

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Japan-Russia talks go nowhere

A Japan-Russia foreign ministers' meeting again shows the deep gap between the nations.

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Rare white bear filmed in Hokkaido

A rare white bear is filmed in southern Hokkaido.

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Hokkaido sees winter's coldest day

A cold front sends the mercury to -29.7 C in Hokkaido, the coldest yet this season.

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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

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

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Fire festival drives out demons

300 people in Dazaifu, Fukuoka hold the 1000-year-old Onisube ritual, driving away demons like illness and disaster.

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'Daruma sunrise' entrances lensmen

A group of amateur photographers set their sights on an unusual rising sun.

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