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March 22, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The rapidly rising land prices that hit the Tokyo area several years ago have spread to Osaka in western Japan and other regions, the National Land Agency said today. Average residential land prices in Japan rose 17% last year, with prices in Osaka jumping 58.6%, an agency report said. Commercial land prices rose an average of 16.7% nationwide, while business properties in Osaka surged 43.9%.
November 12, 1994 | Reuters
Squid sprints brought downtown Tokyo to a virtual halt Friday. Gathered around a 13-foot-long, 24-inch-deep tank of water at the entrance to a mall in the Ginza shopping district, hundreds of office workers cheered on their favorite squids in the bizarre race. The squids, racing in six lanes, were prodded into motion with sticks. The event was staged as a promotion by a northern tourism association.
December 31, 1987 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tokyo's Kabuki-za, regarded by Japanese as the center of modern kabuki theater, turned 100 years old this month. Set amid the roaring traffic and glitter of Tokyo's Ginza district, the Kabuki-za Theater was built at the time of increasing Western trade that influenced the costuming and plotting of the 385-year-old art form. The Kabuki-za was funded by the Japanese government from the beginning, allowing the kabuki actors the freedom to perfect their approach to the traditional plays.
December 12, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
WHERE AM I? Well lighted and high up This man is changing a lightbulb in one of the country's best-loved national parks. (Bring on the ranger jokes.) This fancy lamp hangs in a signature park hotel, well above sea level, somewhere west of the Mississippi and east of the Ginza (in Tokyo). But which hotel is it, in which park? (Hints: The park was founded in 1890. The hotel opened in 1927 and was used as a Navy hospital during World War II.) Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, Calif.
February 12, 2003
Ginza Sushi-Ko in Beverly Hills, the only restaurant besides Bastide to be awarded four stars by the Los Angeles Times, will close at the end of March, chef and owner Masa Takayama said. Last year, Takayama announced plans to transplant his exclusive, reservation-only restaurant to the new AOL Time Warner tower on Columbus Circle in New York, but he had not given a closing date for Beverly Hills. The restaurant is still taking reservations.
March 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
A Japanese jeweler is selling a solid gold replica of soccer star Lionel Messi's left foot -- the one that has made the Argentine star the best player on the planet. But it will cost you: The asking price for the 55-pound statue is $5.25 million. The detailed golden foot -- the statue is complete with blood vessels and swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes -- was created by Tokyo-based jeweler Ginza Tanaka to celebrate Messi's unprecedented Ballon d'Or award in January. Messi is the only player in history to win the FIFA player of the year trophy four times -- and his wins came in consecutive years.
May 13, 2007
TOKYO Tokyo is one of the great restaurant cities of the world, with just about every kind of eating place you can think of (and some you can't). When Lee Hefter plans a trip to Tokyo, he consults not just Japanese chef friends, but also two websites: and A couple of these restaurants are favorites Hefter returns to again and again; others are new finds.
October 23, 1986 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Mikio Naruse's style is like a great river with a calm surface, and a raging current in its depths. --Akira Kurosawa In Mikio Naruse's "When a Woman Ascends the Stairs" (opening Friday at the Venice Fox International), one of Japan's greatest film makers takes us into a twilight world of public pleasure and private anguish. We enter a city playground bathed in neon, liquor and pain, thick with saxophone smoke and the bright, plaintive melodies of American torch ballads.
It looked more like a precious jewel box than lunch. A small cabinet had tiny dishes of food in every drawer. Lacquered boxes and porcelain bowls filled with more delicacies decorated a black lacquer tray. "In Japan, a meal is to be appreciated by seeing as well as tasting," said Minako Yago as we sat down to eat at Kamogawa, a restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district. "Each dish must delight the eye as well as the mouth."
December 9, 2009
Michelin three-star chef Masayoshi "Masa" Takayama, who owned Ginza Sushi-ko in Los Angeles until he moved to New York to open Masa and Bar Masa in 2004, is set to debut his first Las Vegas ventures on Dec. 17: another Bar Masa and Shaboo, a shabu-shabu restaurant. He joins fellow three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire of Paris (who has opened Twist, his first restaurant in the U.S.) as well as Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Michael Mina, in the $8.5-billion CityCenter on the Vegas Strip.
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