Ise donates cypress logs to fix Tohoku shrines

| Jan 12, 2013

Ise donates cypress logs to fix Tohoku shrines

“Hinoki” cypress from Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture will be used to rebuild Shinto shrines damaged during the deadly March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, whose monster tsunami devastated the Tohoku region. The shrine conducts the Shikinen Sengu ceremony once every 20 years to ...

Software firm releases Burmese phrase book

| Dec 29, 2012

Software firm releases Burmese phrase book

Software developer Daiichi Computer Resource Co. has compiled a book of common Burmese expressions titled “Active Myanmar” that can also be downloaded on cellphones. The Nagoya-based company has established an office specializing in software development in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and commercial hub, and ...

Aichi opticians help out elderly Thais

| Dec 22, 2012

Aichi opticians help out elderly Thais

Opticians in Aichi Prefecture are cooperating to gather and donate used reading glasses to people in Thailand, where many seniors have to put up with poor eyesight because they can’t afford to buy spectacles. These efforts to collect used spectacles and distribute them in ...

JR Tokai enlists chicken in second 'ekiben' foray

| Dec 8, 2012

JR Tokai enlists chicken in second 'ekiben' foray

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) is once again taking on the challenge of breaking into the formidable Nagoya-meshi sector, where dishes popular in or unique to the city command a loyal following in the coveted “ekiben” (train station boxed lunch). JR Tokai’s strategy ...

'Temple Yoga' class drawing in young women

| Nov 24, 2012

'Temple Yoga' class drawing in young women

Inhale. Exhale. The sound of deep breathing echoes in the Main Hall of Hongan-ji Nagoya Betsuin. The glittering golden walls in the Naka Ward temple contrast sharply with the bright red carpet. Some women are doing yoga exercises to find relaxation in their busy ...

| Nov 17, 2012

Medical interpreters in growing need

As Filipino Anamaria Ogahara can testify, going to a hospital in a country whose language you don’t speak fluently can be a highly challenging and unnerving experience. Fears about the language barrier prevented Ogahara, a resident in Motosu in Gifu Prefecture, from visiting a ...

Cooking oil's second life: biodiesel

| Nov 10, 2012

Cooking oil's second life: biodiesel

Japan has seen an increase in efforts to recycle used cooking oil — a byproduct of supermarkets and cafeterias — as biodiesel to use as a substitute for light diesel oil fuel for vehicles. Improvements in purification techniques have allowed biodiesel to be almost ...