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FEATURE: Veganism on the rise among health-conscious in Japan

FEATURE: Veganism on the rise among health-conscious in Japan

TOKYO – Vegans in Japan are finding life much easier with a wide variety of foods to choose from, including specialty items such as “pork bone” ramen and even “cheesecake.” Behind the trend is a growing health awareness among people who want to avoid high-fat foods and advances in veganism technology in producing meat alternatives.Photo […]

Hyogo Prefecture sets on improving the scent of Tajima beef

HYOGO, Oct. 23 – The Hyogo Prefectural Government, which is working to further enhance the quality of Tajima wagyu beef produced in the prefecture, has set on improving the scent of the meat. The Hyogo government plans to establish a technology within 10 years to assess the scent of the meat of each cow using […]

Rest in peace in this tatami-like comfortable coffin

Rest in peace in this tatami-like comfortable coffin

KANAGAWA, Oct. 23 – A design company in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, has created beautiful coffins using igusa rush grass grown in Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. It’s an entirely new option that the company, doode, started to offer to match the diversifying funeral styles. The coffins featuring domestic materials are called “Midori no Okan,” […]

Old farm equipment turned into work of art

Old farm equipment turned into work of art

NIIGATA, Nov. 1 – An artwork that looks like farm equipment such as hoes and plows are floating in the air, are attracting attention in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture. The artwork, titled “Time of Farm tools,” is one of the programs of this year’s Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, a world-class art festival held once every three years […]

Kurumeki’s terraced rice field holds rice cutting event with outside supporters

Kurumeki’s terraced rice field holds rice cutting event with outside supporters

SHIZUOKA, Oct. 31 – In late October, a rice harvesting and hanging event was held in tanada (tiered rice paddies) in Kurumeki, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, inviting outside tanada supporters. The participants worked hard, tackling golden ears of rice under the autumn blue sky. Kurumeki Tanada has a long history dating back to the Heian or […]

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