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Pretty in Pink: It's Cherry Blossom Time in Japan

Gail Nakada | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Japan's most iconic season is almost here. Cherry blossom time. Clouds of pink petals cover the nation as the flower front moves slowly north. Every village, town and city lets business-as-usual slide to indulge in days of hanami, flower viewing parties.

Japan's Amazing Late Summer Festivals

Gail Nakada | Posted 09.28.2013 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Summer is the season Japanese go all out to celebrate their culture. Festivals are bigger, brighter and louder. Ghosts and demons come out to play too, dancing to the beat of drum and flute. The sights, sounds and colors are worth the heat.

Strong Earthquake Rattles Japan

AP | Posted 05.23.2012 | World

TOKYO -- A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of northeastern Japan, but no tsunami is expected. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitud...

Strong Quake Shakes Northern Japan

AP | Posted 05.14.2012 | World

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO -- A series of earthquakes rattled Tokyo and northeastern Japan on Wednesday evening but caused no appare...

Deadly Snowstorms Paralyze Japan

AP | Posted 04.03.2012 | World

TOKYO -- An avalanche has killed three bathers at a hot spring in northern Japan, where heavy snow also paralyzed traffic and forced schools to close....