January 25, 2014 |
How well does Google Translate really work? The translation service supports more than 70 languages on Android and iOS (and 80 languages on the desktop version). It gives users voice, text and picture input options. I was hoping to pick up some basic phrases on my recent trip to Tokyo using the free app on my iPhone. Pressing questions like, “Where is the nearest cat cafe?” and “Where is the best place in the city to get nail art?” Disclaimer: there have been complaints about Google Translate's inability to properly decipher certain Asian languages, which come with a buffet line of regional dialects (versus Latin-based tongues)
June 25, 2013 |
The International Olympic Committee has released its technical evaluation of three cities vying for the 2020 Summer Games. And the news is good for Tokyo. The 110-page report gives a first look at how the voting may go when IOC members cast their ballots in September. Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, received praise for its transportation system and for being "a modern, dynamic city that sets global trends and, at the same time, has a strong respect for its history and culture.
March 18, 2011 |
There is no sign that harmful levels of radiation are drifting into Tokyo or other large cities in Japan, according to United Nations and World Health Organization officials. "Dose rates in Tokyo and other cities remain far from levels which would require action; in other words, they are not dangerous to human health," Graham Andrew, an official with the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters Friday, according to Reuters. Photos: In Japan, life amid crisis World Health Organization officials in Switzerland gave a similar assessment a day earlier.
April 14, 2013
Looking toward Tokyo this spring, summer or fall? Malaysia Airlines is offering an LAX-to-Tokyo round-trip fare for $672 that includes all taxes and fees. Under the terms of the special, departure must be made by May 1, or between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. The deal, which is subject to availability, must be bought by April 26. Info at Malaysia Airlines Source: Airfarewatchdog.com Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel and like us on Facebook
January 5, 2012 |
With $736,000, some people would buy a helicopter. Or a small Beverly Hills home. Or 150 Rolex watches. But with his six figures, Kiyoshi Kimura picked up a single frozen tuna. Specifically, a 593-pound bluefin sold during the first auction of the year at Japan's Tsukiji fish market, which will go to feed customers at Kimura's Tokyo-based Sushi-Zanmai sushi chain, according to the Associated Press. The price busted past Tsukiji's record of $421,000, paid last year by a Hong Kong bidder.
April 8, 2010
Celebrate the art and culture of Japan at Little Tokyo's annual 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival. There will be activities for children, martial arts demonstrations, contemporary and traditional dance performances and more. This year there will also be a stage with Japanese pop performances. 1st Street and Central Avenue, L.A. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sat, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. (626) 683-8243. www.cherryblossom.
March 11, 2011 |
Earthquake damage to Tokyo was light compared with the devastated swaths of northeastern territory, but the record 8.9 temblor brought the Japanese capital to a standstill after authorities closed off highways, halted rail traffic and idled Narita International Airport. Tokyo's subway system, the world's busiest carrying 8 million passengers each day, was closed for six hours after the worst earthquake in the country's recorded history struck the island nation just before rush hour at 2:46 p.m. local time Friday.
June 13, 2012 |
Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world for expatriates to live, topping a list on which half of the top 10 priciest places are in Asia. Osaka and Nagoya, both in Japan, are also on the list , as are Singapore and Hong Kong. The rest of the top 10 includes Luanda in Angola, Ndjamena in Chad as well as Moscow, Geneva and Zurich in Europe. The first time an American city shows up in the 214-city compilation is one-third down the list, with New York. But as the dollar strengthens against other currencies, other U.S. metropolises are rising in the ranks.
April 19, 2013 |
Sam Jameson, a former longtime Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent with deep knowledge and close personal affinity for Japan, his professional and personal base for half a century, died Friday at a Tokyo hospital. He was 76. Jameson died of a stroke, according to an announcement by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, of which he was a former president. He had been hospitalized since March 24. Sent to Japan by the Army in 1960 after he was drafted, Jameson, who became fluent in Japanese and an expert on Japanese politics and economics, worked first for Pacific Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper.
March 8, 1994
Secretary of State Warren Christopher visits Tokyo this week, and is scheduled to go on to Beijing, facing crisis talks at both stops. His meetings in Tokyo, which begin Wednesday, will concentrate on growing trade frictions. The Clinton Administration's decision to renew a provision of trade law that could be used to retaliate against Japanese imports has produced a wave of protests in Japan. U.S.-China relations have reached a low point because of China's human rights record.