Hiroko Shoji

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Osaka firm's hand sanitizer key to dispatching disease in Africa

National Sep 25, 2016

Osaka firm's hand sanitizer key to dispatching disease in Africa

With Africa battling the spread of infectious diseases that often affect women and children, a Japanese firm has set its sights on addressing the issue via one product: locally produced hand disinfectant. Saraya Co., an Osaka-based firm producing hand soaps and other hygiene products as ...

Leach Bar inherits spirit of Japanese folk art

Food & Drink Jun 3, 2016

Leach Bar inherits spirit of Japanese folk art

At the Rihga Royal Hotel in the city of Osaka, there is a bar designed by British potter Bernard Leach, who is known for having played a key role in the mingei (folk craft) movement in the late 1920s and '30s. Leach (1887-1979) became connected ...