Recreation And Leisure

Red Square, Bangkok temple among ice festival sculptures

Jan 5, 2018

Ice sculptures of Moscow's Red Square and Bangkok's Temple of the Emerald Buddha are among landmarks featured in the world's largest ice festival

AP PHOTOS: Hong Kong village holds once-a-decade festival

Dec 25, 2017

AP PHOTOS: Far from Hong Kong's hustle and bustle and towering skyscrapers, villagers hold one of the southern Chinese city's rare and colorful local festivals

Conservation group says Japan aiding in illegal ivory trade

Dec 20, 2017

A conservation group says Japan's lax controls over its domestic stock of ivory are encouraging illegal exports to other countries and undermining efforts to end trafficking in elephant tusks

Tokyo's baby panda appears before selected guests, media

Dec 18, 2017

A baby panda has made a special appearance before Tokyo's governor, a group of local schoolchildren and the media one day ahead of its official public debut

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

Dec 14, 2017

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-games costs and huge financial strain placed on one of its poorest regions

Lego wins first China copyright case against imitators

Dec 7, 2017

Danish toy maker Lego says it has won a major legal victory in China, where a court ruled in its favor in a copyright case against companies making knockoffs of its famous colored bricks

Vietnam resumes water buffalo fighting decried as violent

Sep 29, 2017

Vietnam's water buffalo fighting festival has resumed despite calls for an end to the traditional annual event because of its violence

Malaysia police say beer festival axed due to security fears

Sep 21, 2017

Malaysian police say an annual beer festival has been axed due to information that militants were planning to sabotage the event

Japanese video gaming adapting new tech for familiar titles

Sep 21, 2017

The Japanese video game industry is finding its way out of the doldrums, by adapting new technology for decades-old titles

AP Interview: Japan's emoji creator saw nuance in pictures

Sep 21, 2017

AP Interview: The Japanese creator of the first emoji wanted to add nuance to mobile phone messages and never imagined his 1999 work would become a global phenomenon