Creepy or cool? Village of life-sized dolls in Nagoro, Japan
news.com.au -- Jun 21
Hidden in a remote area of Japan is a village where the number of life-sized dolls outweigh the human population.

The mysterious Nagoro village in the Iya Valley is little-known and untouched. It's situated on Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan's four main islands.

Nagoro is home to just 51 people, and over 150 dolls that resemble former residents. Each doll represents a person who has moved away or died.

The dolls are created by local woman Mizuki Ayona using straw, rags and old clothes, and are lined up around the town. One doll is placed in the abandoned school, after its last student died.

Source: news.com.au
Jan 30
A deadline set by a militant group for the release of Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist, has expired late Thursday night Japan Time. (The Japan News)
Jan 29
A Nagoya University student who says she killed an elderly woman found dead in the 19-year-old's apartment has also admitted poisoning a former high school classmate, investigative sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jan 29
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday searched a Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters in Chuo Ward for the alleged sale of drugs to musician Aska, reports TBS News (Jan. 29). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 29
Japan's Emperor and Empress have invited former leprosy patients from both Japan and abroad to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (NHK)
Jan 29
Japan's leading independent budget airline Skymark Airlines Inc filed for protection from creditors late on Wednesday, blaming a weak yen and a dispute with Airbus Group for its financial straits. (Reuters)
Jan 30
Police in Saitama Prefecture said Thursday they have arrested 11 people who, as part of an organized scam group, call up individuals claiming that they had missed a payment for using a website that is actually free to use. (Japan Today)
Jan 30
Despite being centuries-old, the core traditions of Setsubun can seem as silly as its common English rendering, The Bean-Throwing Festival. (rocketnews24.com)
Jan 29
Thai police said Wednesday they have arrested a transvestite on suspicion of swindling money from more than 100 Japanese men. (Japan Times)
Jan 29
Paul McCartney, who had to cancel all his concerts in Japan last year due to an illness, announced on his blog Thursday that he will return to Japan for four concerts in April as part of his "Out There" world tour. (Japan Today)
Jan 29
Police have arrested a 67-year-old man for spraying graffiti on cars, concrete walls and other areas in a residential neighborhood of Sapporo in Hokkaido. (Japan Today)
Jan 28
Police have arrested a 19-year-old girl on suspicion of killing a 77-year-old woman. The girl, who is a student at Nagoya University, was quoted by police as saying she wanted to kill someone and that anyone would do, NTV reported Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Jan 28
Last week, officers from the Yotsuya Police Station in Tokyo took Takahiro Arimoto, the 44-year-old manager of massage parlor Honey Candle and one other employee into custody for the harmful employment of minors, a violation under the Labor Standards Act. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 28
Workers have begun tearing down structures at a train station here that was devastated in the deadly tsunami of 2011, citing the danger of collapse they pose to the growing number of visitors to the site. (Asahi)
Jan 27
Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Monday took the acting chairman of the Kudo-kai organized crime group into custody for allegedly blackmailing the owner of a building, reports the Yommiuri Shimbun (Jan. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 27
Crown Prince Naruhito met Saudi Arabia's new King Salman in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Sunday and expressed his condolences over the death of King Abdullah, who passed away on Friday. (The Japan News)