• SUITA, Japan - The Bampaku Beast athletic amusement tower opens at Expo '70 Commemorative Park in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on March 15, 2020. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2020.03.19 | Osaka
  • Undated file photo shows the "full-moon" bridge in Koishikawa Korakuen, one of Tokyo's oldest and best Japanese gardens. The bridge is a semicircular arched stone but forms a full moon in combination with its reflection in the water.
    2020.03.09 | Tokyo
  • Monks burn wooden tablets in a Buddhist rite during a fire festival held in a square in front of Kongobuji temple in Koya in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, on March 1, 2020.
    2020.03.02 | Wakayama
  • Children gather inside "kamakura" snow huts in Yokote in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Akita, on Feb. 14, 2020, ahead of an annual snow festival featuring the snow shelters measuring 3.5 meters in diameter and 3 meters in height.
    2020.02.18 | Akita
  • NARA, Japan - A traditional winter festival is held in Nara, western Japan, on Jan. 25, 2020, with burning Mt. Wakakusa and fireworks lighting up the sky. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2020.01.29 | Nara
  • NAGOYA, Japan - File photo taken Aug. 25, 2019, shows Nagoya Castle in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2019.08.30 | Aichi
  • GINZA, Tokyo - People in "yukata," the casual summer version of kimono, sprinkle water during an event in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on Aug. 3, 2019. Temperatures in Tokyo reached as high as 33.7 C the same day.
    2019.08.05 | Tokyo
  • TOKYO - A Japanese government panel picked the Jomon Era archaeological sites in northern Japan on Tuesday as a potential candidate for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage designation in 2021. Tokyo will submit its formal recommendation by next Feb. 1 to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for the ancient sites in Hokkaido and Aomori, Iwate and Akita prefectures, which represent a culture that occupied the Japanese archipelago for more than 10,000 years. The UNESCO advisory panel will then assess whether to accept Tokyo's recommendation before publishing its decision around May 2021. The archaeological ruins are comprised of 17 locations including the Sannai-Maruyama site, a large settlement in Aomori Prefecture which provides insight into life in the Jomon period, which is believed to have begun 16,000 years ago, and the Oyu Kanjo Resseki site, two large stone circles in Akita Prefecture. Local governments claim the sites, which feature numerous settlements, stone circles and graves, hold global value as they offer clues to understanding prehistoric culture based on hunting and food gathering. The archaeological sites were previously picked as a potential candidate for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage designation in July last year. But as recommendations to UNESCO are restricted to one per nation every year, Tokyo decided not to nominate the sites for listing in 2020 in favor of a chain of southwestern Japan islands in Kagoshima and Okinawa prefectures that are home to rare species. ==Kyodo
    2019.07.31 | Aomori
  • TOKYO,Japan - East Japan Railway Co. begins operation of train cars emblazoned with 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic mascots on Tokyo's Yamanote loop line on July 24, 2019, a year before the opening ceremony of the games. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2019.07.24 | Tokyo
  • NAKAFURANO, Japan - Tourists stroll through lavender fields at Farm Tomita in Nakafurano in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on July 18, 2019. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2019.07.19 | Hokkaido
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