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Facing up to a great Valentine's Day gift

Feb 14, 2013

Facing up to a great Valentine's Day gift

Hoping to make this year’s Valentine’s Day unforgettable, some young women will surprise their loved ones by giving chocolates molded from their faces. The FabCafe, located in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, recently held a two-day workshop where women had their faces 3-D scanned to make ...

'Debris violins' pull at heartstrings

Apr 26, 2012

'Debris violins' pull at heartstrings

When a violin’s melody wafted through the air in a tsunami-devastated area of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on the first anniversary of the March 2011 disasters, what astonished people was not just its beautiful sound, but also the material it was made of. The one-of-a-kind ...

'Washoku' served up as heritage

Mar 22, 2012

'Washoku' served up as heritage

As the world acquires a taste for sushi and other Japanese treats, the government is hoping that its application to have “washoku” placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list will prove irresistible. Japanese cuisine, or washoku — characterized by its use of fresh, seasonal ingredients ...

Youthful farmers blaze a trail

Jan 11, 2012

Youthful farmers blaze a trail

On a Saturday morning in December in the classy Roppongi area, young farmers surrounded by their vegetables, fruits, hams, and honeys explained to fashionable Tokyoites the intricacies of their produce — including the production process and the best ways to prepare them. The market, ...

Jun 20, 2011

Quake tweets make their way into memorial books

When the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck on March 11 and knocked out telephone lines across Tohoku, Twitter was flooded with messages as users tried to contact people in the disaster zone with words of both concern and encouragement. Those words are now making their ...

Wartime story inspires newspaper

May 7, 2011

Wartime story inspires newspaper

Journalists at the daily newspaper in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, who shot to fame after a U.S. museum acquired their handwritten editions, were inspired to grab their pens in a flooded newsroom by a story about their predecessors who acted likewise before the war. “It ...

Sumatran's poem on '04 tsunami resonates

Apr 22, 2011

Sumatran's poem on '04 tsunami resonates

A poem by a Sumatra-born woman expressing the sadness of seeing her hometown engulfed by tsunami in 2004 recently captured the hearts of evacuees in a devastated town in Miyagi Prefecture. ” ‘Gomen ne’ (I’m sorry) . . . I could not stop the ...