Travel off the beaten path to a secret spot in Japan where bamboo grows wild on an old train line

Like the bamboo grove in Kyoto, but with less tourists and more beauty.  With roughly 570,000 residents across its 3,510 square-kilometre (1,354 square-mile) area, Tottori Prefecture is famous around Japan for being the country’s least populous prefecture. However, there’s much more to Tottori than its number of residents, and our Japanese-language reporter Ikuna Kamezawa is…

Beijing closes more venues as anger at Shanghai lockdown grows | Coronavirus pandemic News

China’s capital Beijing closed more gyms, malls, cinemas and apartment blocks on Friday, with authorities ramping up contact tracing to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, while resentment at the draconian month-long lockdown in Shanghai continued to grow. In the finance hub, fenced-in people in various districts have been protesting against the lockdown and difficulties in obtaining…