IT startup barters its way into niche

Oct 2, 2013

IT startup barters its way into niche

At around noon on a recent weekday, the Roppongi branch of Shamrock by Abbot Choice, a Tokyo-based Irish-style pub chain, had a bustling lunchtime crowd. Koichiro Tawa reached for a menu and ordered a hamburger special — with melting cheese, a green salad and ...

Sep 23, 2013

The 'whole' brown-bread challenge in Japan

Whole-wheat and whole-grain products are hard to find in Japan, where most bakeries and supermarkets sell white bread products only. Of the three major bread manufacturers in Japan, only Shikishima Baking Co.’s Pasco brand offers loaves of bread and “English” muffins made from whole-wheat ...

Internet NPO links kids worldwide

Sep 21, 2013

Internet NPO links kids worldwide

Earlier this month, when the nation’s Olympic bid ambassador Christel Takigawa referred to “omotenashi” (the spirit of Japanese-style hospitality) in her speech to the International Olympic Committee, the term quickly turned into a buzzword in Japan. Now that Tokyo’s preparations for the 2020 Summer ...

Sep 19, 2013

Festival brings old films out of storage

Every year, nearly 100 of the films produced in Japan are said to “go into storage.” Such films — even those featuring big-name actors — are never screened at theaters, or they disappear after a very short run with no budget prepared by producers ...

Rescuing gadgets from the  golden age of 'Made in Japan'

| Sep 14, 2013

Rescuing gadgets from the golden age of 'Made in Japan'

Piles of old electronic gadgetry, most of it out of order, clutter Junichi Matsuzaki’s “studio” on the first floor of an aging public apartment building in Adachi Ward in northeastern Tokyo. To visitors the outdated technology may look like junk, but to the 53-year-old ...

Renovating business and hope in Onomichi

Sep 9, 2013

Renovating business and hope in Onomichi

The city of Onomichi in the southeastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture, which looks out to the Seto Inland Sea, has a rich and long tradition as a hub of trade. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), it prospered as a key docking point for domestic ...

Pumpkins to go on show for Cinderella festival

Sep 5, 2013

Pumpkins to go on show for Cinderella festival

It’s more than a month before Halloween, but you can get in the spooky spirit at the Cinderella Yume Matsuri (Cinderella Dream Festival), where you’ll get a rare chance to gawk at hundreds of pumpkins of various sizes and carved into different characters. The ...

Asakusa gets ready to party Brazilian style

Aug 29, 2013

Asakusa gets ready to party Brazilian style

Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood is one of the capital’s top tourist destinations. Sensoji Temple and the shopping arcade nearby offer visitors a glimpse into traditional Japan. This coming weekend, though, the area will be full of Brazilian energy and the passionate rhythm and music of ...

Image-flip for male rhythmic gymnasts

| Aug 17, 2013

Image-flip for male rhythmic gymnasts

Smirks and snickering tend to greet any mention of “men’s rhythmic gymnastics,” as the phrase conjures up images of chaps in tights prancing around swinging ribbons or clutching squeezy balls to their chests like the sport’s female exponents. That couldn’t be further from the ...