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Why are They Turning Back to Traditional Japanese Food? – 2New!

CHIBA – Tohoku University conducted an interesting experiment in 2016 that indicates a notable change in Japanese diet. Each of two groups of participants ate from different menus three times a day for about a month. The first group ate from a …


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…

Why are They Turning Back to Traditional Japanese Food?


CHIBA – At Italian restaurant Comesta in Chiba Prefecture, you will see some unique items on t…

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…

What’s Special About True Rice Wine? -2


CHIBA – Mirin is used for more than just daily cooking. It has a sacred meaning too. January 1…

What’s Special About True Rice Wine? -1


CHIBA -Teriyaki is a well-known and popular cooking style in the world. You are probably familiar wi…

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…

Sweet Grandma’s Kimono Ages Productively


TOKUSHIMA – Rumi Oono is operating “Memory Business” by incorporating old kimonos into pieces of fur…

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