Irene Wang

Psychedelic hues of Tokyo's 'kawaii' cafe doused by pandemic

Feb 01 2021

TOKYO An iconic cafe and show venue that symbolises Japan's "kawaii" pop culture, and is beloved by tourists and celebrities, has shut its doors in Tokyo, the capital, after business dried up following the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Tokyo's lockdown, some drink on even after authorities call time

Jan 17 2021

TOKYO For Yuuki Hamazono, it was a relief to find bars and restaurants in Tokyo flouting the Japanese government's request to close by 8 p.m.

Olympics-'It's impossible': Tokyo residents concerned about hosting Games

Jan 08 2021

TOKYO As Tokyo woke up to its second state of emergency on Friday, many people believe it will be difficult, perhaps impossible, to host the Olympic Games safely. | Video

Coronavirus overshadows Japan's New Year's Day festivities

Jan 01 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -New Year's Day is the biggest holiday in Japan's calendar, but this year's festivities have been subdued following record highs in new coronavirus cases nationwide and calls from the government to stay home.

Coronavirus variant from South Africa found in Japan

Dec 28 2020

TOKYO Japan on Monday detected a coronavirus variant found in South Africa, the government said, the first such discovery in a nation that has already identified more than a dozen cases of another variant that is spreading rapidly in Britain.

Protection in style: Chinese designer makes silk coronavirus masks

May 19 2020

BEIJING Adorned with intricate designs of orchids, camellias and Chinese characters symbolising good luck, the stylish silk masks created by Chinese fashion designer Zhou Li have become coveted items during the coronavirus outbreak. | Video

In rural China, elderly transgender Sister Liu longs for family life

Dec 18 2019

GUANZHONG, China Morning market shoppers look a little too long in Liu Peilin's direction as she passes by in a red jacket and gray wig covered in red and pink clips, her cheeks rouged in bright pink and eyeshadow in a matching shade. | Video

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