Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into...

Scientists race to document Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked t...

Belgian Carnival town renounces UNESCO title over racism row

BRUSSELS (AP) — The famed Belgian Carnival town of Aalst is renouncing its place on the U.N. cultural heritage list, saying it is sick of widespread complaints that this spring’s edition contained bla...

Greece sees ‘dramatic improvement’ in North Macedonia ties

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Greece’s foreign minister says relations with North Macedonia have “dramatically improved” since a deal to change the country’s name from Macedonia, ending a decades-old...

Taipei 228 Museum named as cultural asset

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The National 228 Memorial Museum and Taiwan's first radio broadcast station, "Taiwan Hōsō Kyōkai" (THK), were named as cultural assets in Taipei by the Burea...

Norwegians spot another Viking ship buried in the ground

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials say they have for a second time found the remains of what could be a Viking ship by using geo-radar techniques, adding it is likely more than 1,000 years...

Broadcaster apologizes for Cherry's comments on immigrants

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian broadcast company has apologized for hockey commentator Don Cherry's remarks about what he believes are new immigrants not honoring the country's fallen soldiers. ...

Investigators inspect ruined Okinawan castle for fire cause

TOKYO (AP) — Fire and police investigators are inspecting the burned-out ruins of Shuri Castle on Okinawa to determine the cause of the fire that nearly destroyed the site that is a symbol of the Japa...

The Latest: Japan pardons 550,000 to mark royal event

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Japan's government has pardoned about 550,000 people conv...

Japan's Naruhito to proclaim himself emperor at palace rite

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito is visiting three Shinto shrines at the Imperial Palace before proclaiming himself Japan's emperor in an enthronement ceremony. The 59-year-old ...

Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. It is one of several formal ceremonies for Naruhito, 59, who...

SW Taiwan train tours to Alishan and its maples

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For train tours up the mountains to admire the nation's colorful maple tree leaves look no further. Alishan Forest Railway and the Cultural Heritage Office (AFRCHO)...

Oil-paper umbrellas power Hakka cultural renaissance in Taiwan

Kaohsiung-based umbrella-making workshop Lee Umbrellas has caused a stir with its colorful and traditional methods of painting paper umbrellas Lee Umbrellas is renowned for its decorative designs a...

Belize and Taiwan celebrate friendship with colorful concert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Belize and Taiwan jointly hosted a concert to celebrate 30 years of friendship and ended the evening with a Belizean traditional ritual dance and the classic song, "W...

Europe's specialty food makers brace for US tariffs

MILAN (AP) — European producers of premium specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and ...