Category: Tokyo

Commuter-Created Electricity Powers Holiday Lights

People are producing electricity by walking across a special panel on the plaza outside Shibuya train station in Tokyo. The Shibuya Ward government installed the 90-square-centimeter 2.5-centimeter thick piezoelectric mat near the Hachiko dog statue at Shibuya station. Electricity is created when people step on the mat. The people-power runs an electronic Light Emitting Diode display board

Three Months Of Monkey Madness

A wild monkey has been loose in Tokyo for three months. On Aug. 20 the Japanese macaque appeared in Shibuya station in Tokyo. Morning rush hour commuters cleared a path for more than 30 net-carrying cops who arrived to capture the ape. The monkey, then perched atop a ceiling-mounted timetable display, calmly watched the police

Public Cops Watch Elderly at ATMs

Real Police Protect Real Old Elderly people using cell phones at automatic teller machines in banks, convenience stores, and train stations are being questioned by police in Japan during a month-long nationwide anti-scam campaign. The October effort is to prevent senior citizens from becoming victims of phone swindles. In one kind of scam, con artists

Baby On Board Planes Trains Automobiles

Baby in Belly Maternity marks are desirable in Japan. The so-called "maternity mark" tags and buttons worn by expectant mothers alert bystanders to their condition. Japan Airlines now offers maternity mark tags to pregnant women flying domestic routes. JAL is the first airline in Japan to offer the baby-in-belly tag. In 2006,  East Japan Railway

Monthly Kimono Walk Brightens Streets

A group of people dressed in kimono stroll around traditional silk production areas to attract attention and help revitalize the silk industry. The Kawagoe Kimono Sanpo members walk around Kawagoe, Chichibu and Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture. The towns maintain a presence of the textile and traditional handicrafts industries. Participants include women in their 20s and a