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.
Seventy seated Buddhist monks intoned "nenbutsu" prayers and "wasan" hymns while swaying their bodies in unison during the annual memorial service at the famed Higashi-Honganji temple in Shimogyo Ward here on Nov. 28. (Asahi)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday re-arrested more than a dozen suspects, including one organized crime member, as a part of an ongoing health insurance fraud investigation that now includes comedians affiliated with a major entertainment agency, reports Sports Hochi (Nov. 28). (Tokyo Reporter)
No major gangster bloodbath has occurred in the three months since Japan's largest yakuza organization, Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two rival mobs, but to say the sides are living in harmony would be an exaggeration. (Asahi)
Government figures show a sharp and continuous fall-off in the number of farmers over the past five years that potentially threatens the landscape as its stewards leave the sector and are not replaced. (Japan Times)