Teams of elaborately attired dancers shake their tail feathers to the beat of Samba, parading down the streets of Tokyo's downtown Asakusa during an annual carnival on Saturday, August 31, 2013.
About 4,700 dancers in 19 teams performed under the scorching sun in the main street of Asakusa, Japan's most famous tourists' spot, before tens of thousands of spectators in the Asakusa Samba Carnival, the biggest of its kind in the country.
The probability for the Kanto region to be hit by a powerful earthquake - lower 6 or higher on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 - within 30 years has risen, the government panel's latest quake probability map showed Friday. (The Japan News)
Sales of special Suica cards to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station were canceled soon after they began Saturday, as a large crowd of people flooded the area. (The Japan News)
The Niigata prefectural government started clearing a section of National Highway Route 405 in Tsunan in the prefecture on Friday, after a landslide mixed with snow blocked off about 50 meters of the road the night before. (The Japan News)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)