Daisuke Kikuchi

Daisuke Kikuchi is a staff writer at The Japan Times. When not trying to keep up with the country’s myriad music scenes, he is tracking current political trends.

For Daisuke Kikuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Watermelon producers' nationwide tastings pitch fruit as heat remedy

Jul 27, 2016

Watermelon producers' nationwide tastings pitch fruit as heat remedy

The Suika Club held dozens of watermelon-tasting events nationwide Wednesday to promote the tasty seasonal treat. The group’s pitch: Watermelon helps prevent summer afflictions, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Club members handed out pieces at the Tokyo Midtown complex in the Roppongi district and ...

U.N. official pitches agricultural heritage in Japan

Jul 25, 2016

U.N. official pitches agricultural heritage in Japan

Kundhavi Kadiresan of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has made her first visit to Japan to promote Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, an award by the organization aimed at boosting eco-tourism and preserving traditional agricultural systems. “People always want to connect with their ...

Tiny Gifu restaurant tops TripAdvisor rankings

Jul 19, 2016

Tiny Gifu restaurant tops TripAdvisor rankings

One in two diners at Heianraku, a Chinese restaurant in the city of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, is non-Japanese, drawn by the chef’s reputation for trying to meet the most difficult off-menu request. The restaurant is so popular with foreign tourists that it topped a ...

Penguin park opens in Shinjuku

Jul 16, 2016

Penguin park opens in Shinjuku

JR Shinjuku Station held a ceremony to unveil a new park and bronze penguin statue representing the mascot for East Japan Railway Co.’s (JR East) Suica IC card at its recently opened south exit, on Saturday. Station officials hope the nature-themed artwork will rival ...

Tokyo voters seek out corruption-free governor

Jul 14, 2016

Tokyo voters seek out corruption-free governor

As the Tokyo gubernatorial election kicked off Thursday, voters said they were looking for a clean, corruption-free governor after the last two — Naoki Inose and Yoichi Masuzoe — resigned over money scandals. Asuka Hatano, a mother in her 30s with a 2-year-old daughter, ...

With no release date, Japan's 'Pokemon Go' fans are fed up waiting

Jul 13, 2016

With no release date, Japan's 'Pokemon Go' fans are fed up waiting

Nintendo’s “Pokemon Go” smartphone game may have scored instant addicts upon release in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Germany, but fans in Japan are vexed that they have been left out with no release date announced. “Pokemon Go has been released in several ...