'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 ...

WWII sword returns after 70 years

| Oct 25, 2013

WWII sword returns after 70 years

A “katana” sword confiscated by the U.S. military at the end of the war was recently returned to its owner’s family in Japan. Miyoko Asai, 85, received the sword on behalf of her late husband, Masaaki, at their home in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, from ...

Maglev veteran keeps looking toward the future

| Sep 27, 2013

Maglev veteran keeps looking toward the future

The route for the Linear Chuo Shinkansen between Tokyo and Nagoya has been announced, and the country’s first magnetically levitated train is moving toward the start of operations in 2027. Junji Fujie, a former chief engineer on the project team at the Railway Technical ...

Home of Zero fighter drawing Miyazaki fans

| Sep 13, 2013

Home of Zero fighter drawing Miyazaki fans

“Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”) was director Hayao Miyazaki’s last feature-length anime before he retired this month. Because of the film’s success, more people are visiting a plant in Aichi Prefecture where a restored fighter plane featured in the movie is being exhibited. Mitsubishi ...

Aichi city gambles on female cyclists

| Aug 30, 2013

Aichi city gambles on female cyclists

The Toyohashi Velodrome in Aichi Prefecture has started a program to train professional female cyclists to drum up interest in the dying sport. The city hopes the women will base their activities in Toyohashi and increase the popularity of cycling to attract more spectators ...

Deadly postwar bomb blast almost forgotten

| Aug 16, 2013

Deadly postwar bomb blast almost forgotten

On Sept. 5, 1945, weeks after World War II had ended, an unexploded bomb went off on the coast of the Otani district in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, killing seven children. This tragic incident, occurring in a small village in the chaotic days just after ...

Nagoya commuters get their cycle on

| Jul 26, 2013

Nagoya commuters get their cycle on

Nagoya is seeing a growing number of “tsukinists,” a term coined for those who commute to work by bicycle, pointing to the public’s higher awareness of environmental and personal health issues. The city has also shown its support for tsukinists — the word is ...

Summer becomes mother of cool invention

Jul 19, 2013

Summer becomes mother of cool invention

Many people are desperately seeking ways to escape the summer heat, and businesses are cashing in with new services to help them cool down. A shaved ice machine at the hair salon Asai in Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture, whirs as owner Takanori Asai, 37, mixes ...