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Tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata turns to home-stay program to bolster tourism

Mar 10, 2017

Tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata turns to home-stay program to bolster tourism

Six years after tsunami ravaged Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, the coastal city is moving to rebuild tourism with a unique home-stay program. The minpaku (private lodging) program, organized by tourism promotion organization Marugoto Rikuzentakata, enables visitors to get a taste of the daily lives ...

New digital exhibit on Japanese cuisine filling visitors' senses

Mar 1, 2017

New digital exhibit on Japanese cuisine filling visitors' senses

An exhibition in downtown Tokyo is offering unique opportunities to experience washoku (Japanese cuisine) using the five senses in interactive digital displays that allow visitors to follow the scent of soup stock and actually taste traditional dishes. “The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God” ...

Oct 1, 2016

Documentary film on Tsukiji fish market released amid relocation row

The first documentary film about the famed Tsukiji fish market was released in Tokyo on Saturday, depicting the everyday lives of unsung seafood professionals, amidst an imbroglio over the site’s planned relocation. “Tsukiji Wonderland” has been released at a time when the wholesale fish ...

U.N. program gives Japanese students new worldview

Aug 13, 2015

U.N. program gives Japanese students new worldview

For Japanese high school student Takumi Masaka, traveling to New York City to play the role of a Syrian diplomat at a simulation of a United Nations conference was a life-altering experience that opened his eyes to differing worldviews. Masaka, 17, is one of ...

Motivated women in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki launch new businesses

Sep 29, 2014

Motivated women in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki launch new businesses

Starting up a business never occurred to Sachiko Setsuda, a 50-year-old housewife, until her community in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. But Setsuda is now busy preparing to open a cake shop in a temporary shopping area ...