• The Reiwa era begins

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    The Reiwa era begins

    People watch a large screen showing Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito attends the enthronement ceremony (First Audience after the Accession to the Throne) in Tokyo, Japan on May 1, 2019, the […]

  • Possible Banksy artwork displayed at Tokyo Govt building

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    Possible Banksy artwork displayed at Tokyo Govt building

    A possible artwork by graffiti artist Banksy is displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo, Japan on April 25, 2019. The rat graffiti, discovered in January, will be […]

  • Reiwa era announced in Japan

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    Reiwa era announced in Japan

    A large screen shows Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveil the name of the new Imperial era, “Reiwa,” in Tokyo, Japan on April 1, 2019. The Japanese government officially announced […]

  • Vissel Kobe signs Sergi Samper

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    Vissel Kobe signs Sergi Samper

    Sergi Samper (Vissel), MARCH 7, 2019 – Football : Vissel Kobe new signing player Sergi Samper during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by MATSUO.K/AFLO SPORT) Sergi Samper (Vissel), […]

  • Tokyo Marathon 2019

    Other Sports

    Tokyo Marathon 2019

    Start/General view, MARCH 3, 2019 – Marathon : Tokyo Marathon 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by MATSUO.K/AFLO SPORT) Start/General view, MARCH 3, 2019 – Marathon : Tokyo Marathon 2019 in […]

  • The end of the Heisei era – looking back at the life of Emperor Akihito

    Society

    The end of the Heisei era – looking back at the life of Emperor Akihito

    *Click on the images to see the full set. The early days Portrait of Akihito (Prince Tsugu at the time) at the age of three. (Photo by The Mainichi Newspaper/AFLO) […]

  • Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

    Traditional Japan

    Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

    FEBRUARY 17, 2019 – Men in loincloths gather at a shrine during the Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival, in Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The festival, which dates to […]

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The Reiwa era begins

The Reiwa era begins

People watch a large screen showing Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito attends the enthronement ceremony (First Audience after the Accession to the Throne) in Tokyo, Japan on May 1, 2019, the […]

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Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

FEBRUARY 17, 2019 – Men in loincloths gather at a shrine during the Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival, in Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The festival, which dates to […]

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Vissel Kobe signs Sergi Samper

Vissel Kobe signs Sergi Samper

Sergi Samper (Vissel), MARCH 7, 2019 – Football : Vissel Kobe new signing player Sergi Samper during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by MATSUO.K/AFLO SPORT) Sergi Samper (Vissel), […]

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Bizarre Japan

Alita: Battle Angel promotion in Shinjuku

Alita: Battle Angel promotion in Shinjuku

A life-size statue of Alita is seen in a corridor of Shinjuku Station on February 16, 2019, Tokyo, Japan. There are two life-size statues promoting ”Alita: Battle Angel” film in […]

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Entertainment

Yoshiki attends press conference for “xXx 4”

Yoshiki attends press conference for “xXx 4”

Yoshiki, movie director D.J. Caruso and Producer Mark Johnson attend the press conference for Hollywood movie “xXx 4” in Tokyo, Japan on January 25. Yoshiki has been appointed as the […]

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Traditional Japan

Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

FEBRUARY 17, 2019 – Men in loincloths gather at a shrine during the Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival, in Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The festival, which dates to […]

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Anime

Alita: Battle Angel promotion in Shinjuku

Alita: Battle Angel promotion in Shinjuku

A life-size statue of Alita is seen in a corridor of Shinjuku Station on February 16, 2019, Tokyo, Japan. There are two life-size statues promoting ”Alita: Battle Angel” film in […]

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Namahage Sedo Festival at Shinzan Shrine

Namahage Sedo Festival at Shinzan Shrine

(All photos by Richard Atrero de Guzman/Aflo) Men dressed as Namahage or mountain demons, dressed in straw clothes and masks perform a dance during the Namahage Sedo Festival at Shinzan […]

Traditional Japan

Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Yokohama

Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Yokohama

February 5, 2019, Yokohama, Japan – People watch on as a lion dance is performed to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Japan’s Yokohama China Town on February 5, […]

Traditional Japan

2019 Setsubun celebrated in Tokyo

2019 Setsubun celebrated in Tokyo

(English) 2019 Setsubun bean-throwing festival celebrated in Tokyo

Society

Sapporo Snow Festival 2019

Sapporo Snow Festival 2019

February 3, 2019, Sapporo, Japan – A large snow sculpture of characters of Hatsune Miku and Toyama Kasumi is displayed at the 70th annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo in […]