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. ...

Circus troupe takes anti-nuclear act on road

| May 16, 2014

Circus troupe takes anti-nuclear act on road

A circus troupe led by Keiichi Nishida, founder of a street performance and circus training institution in Midori, Gunma Prefecture, has embarked on a tour to call for a nuclear-free Japan. Nishida’s school had to be shut down temporarily to avoid the radioactive fallout ...

Matsusaka, Hida cows now shine in shoe biz

| May 2, 2014

Matsusaka, Hida cows now shine in shoe biz

Leather shoes made out of high-quality hides from such cows as Hida and Matsusaka are becoming increasingly popular in Japan. These cow brands are better known for the luxury beef they produce, but stores have started using leather from these animals to make products ...

'Dream' rice expected to yield excellent sake

| Apr 25, 2014

'Dream' rice expected to yield excellent sake

Aichi Prefecture has officially launched sales of Yume-ginga, a type of brewer’s rice used to make high-quality sake. After two years of experimenting with its cultivation, 10 hectares of the rice were planted this year, with plans to expand to 100 hectares over the ...

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

| Apr 18, 2014

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

The city of Nagoya started collecting small household appliances for recycling in February and announced April 11 that it had received more than 31,000 kg of machinery in just two months — five times more than anticipated. The number for February alone was 15 ...