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Why is This Hiroshima Guy’s Glass of Beer So Superb?New!


HIROSHIMA – Yutaka Shigetomi is the owner of a small liquor store in Hiroshima, Japan. The city has been well-known for its A-bomb dome for decades, and the peace memorial attracts many tourists from all over the world. In this city, Yutaka’s t…


What Makes Katsuobushi Dried Bonito Invaluable -2

TOKYO – So what exactly is dried bonito, anyway? Most Japanese people know shavings of dried b…

What Makes Katsuobushi Dried Bonito Invaluable -1

TOKYO – Until about 40 years ago in Japan, every family had a dried bonito (katsuobushi) shave…

Why are They Turning Back to Traditional Japanese Food? -2

CHIBA – Tohoku University conducted an interesting experiment in 2016 that indicates a notable…

A Young Maple Leaf Makes a Detour


TOKYO – A ray of sunshine filtered through leaves caught the fresh green maple leaf on an earl…

Angel’s Promenade Looms Out of the Sea on an Island.


KAGAWA – When the tide recedes, a long narrow road will emerge in the middle of the sea. This is the…

Water Under the Kappabashi Bridge


NAGANO – “Water under the bridge” is a beautiful English phrase meaning forgiveness. Here at K…

Skinny Red Poppies Enjoy Being Themselves


IBARAKI – Two tiny red poppies are looking up into the sky from an entirely-blue carpet of Nem…

Cherry Blossoms are Open in April’s Kenrokuen


ISHIKAWA – In April, the cherry blossoms are almost all gone in Tokyo. But in the Hokuriku Dis…

Rising Bamboo Entertains Visitors in Memory of Busho


KYOTO – When we think of bamboo woods in Kyoto, the Arashiyama and Sagano districts are probably at …

Wind Chime’s Cute Sounds Bring Summer Reminiscence


NARA – Japan’s summer is almost over. When the temperature goes below 30 Celsius, we begin to feel t…

The Mood of the 18th-Century Streets Attract Visitors


CHIBA – There are several towns and streets that maintain the traditional feel of the Edo peri…

Noh Masks Infused with the Spirit of Craftsmanship


TOKYO – When you say “it looks like a Noh mask” in Japanese, it means “expressionlessness.” On…

Hydrangeas, a Splash of Vitality in the Rainy Gloominess


KANAGAWA – Until early July, Japan is typically in the rainy season. At these times the high h…

Soaring Creativity of Byobu Folding Screens -2


TOKYO – In this part, more unconventional works will be introduced. This byobu uses a stole th…

Soaring Creativity of Byobu Folding Screens -1


TOKYO – What do you imagine when you hear the word “byobu?” If you are Japanese, you will prob…

Onarutokyo Shows Up in Pale-Pink Chiffon Skies


TOKUSHIMA – Onarutokyo bridge, seen from the side of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island. T…

Blues Merge Japan and the West in the Only Aizome Dress


TOKUSHIMA – Japanese indigo dyeing, known as aizome, is believed to be the oldest dyeing techn…

Ryukyu Glasses Help You Taste Beer Better


OKINAWA – These colorful glasses are called Ryukyu glasses in Okinawa Prefecture. Ryukyu is th…

What Makes Aizome Dyeing Authentic?


TOKUSHIMA – In Japan, there is a proverb: “Although blue dye comes from the indigo plant, it i…

Tulips Sing Cheerfully to the Sun


IBARAKI – Tulips are blooming as if they were singing to the sun in National Hitachi Seaside Park in…

Spring is Here! Cherry Blossoms are Blooming in Japan


CHIBA – Spring 2017 has come! No verbal explanations are necessary for cherry blossoms in Japa…

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