Center in Tokai helps foreigners

| Aug 8, 2014

Center in Tokai helps foreigners

A new group has been established in the Tokai region to help foreign residents get educational, medical and welfare services in Japan. Tokai Daily Life Support Center for Foreigners mainly focuses on assisting aging Chinese returnees and helping foreign children learn Japanese. The center ...

Aichi shrine worships pickles god

| Jun 20, 2014

Aichi shrine worships pickles god

There is a shrine in Ama, Aichi Prefecture, dedicated to Japan’s only god of pickles. It was said that Prince Yamatotakeru, a mythical hero, passed by Kayatsu Shrine once and the villagers served him some pickles, which he declared to be “food for the ...

Fans go nuts for Shiga banana carver

| Jun 6, 2014

Fans go nuts for Shiga banana carver

An electrician by day and banana artist by night, Keisuke Yamada has attained renown at home and abroad for his banana sculptures. Working with a spoon and toothpick, the 27-year-old resident of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, carves comical faces or popular manga characters on bananas. ...