Daisuke Shimozawa

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Japan's restaurants, karaoke spots increasingly catering to solo patrons

Business Aug 23, 2017

Japan's restaurants, karaoke spots increasingly catering to solo patrons

Japan is witnessing an expansion of businesses catering to solo customers, including restaurants and even karaoke spots targeting patrons who value privacy and minimal human interaction. Some ramen shops and yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurants, which customarily serve families or groups, are switching gears to focus ...

Kagoshima kimono makers seek to keep the tradition alive

National Jan 29, 2016

Kagoshima kimono makers seek to keep the tradition alive

Manufacturers of Oshima tsumugi, a traditional silk kimono fabric woven in Kagoshima Prefecture, are seeking to breathe new life into their industry amid a shrinking market for what is now seen as a ceremonial material. Mainly produced on the prefecture's Amami Oshima Island, Oshima tsumugi ...