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Edo-kiriko: A cut above the average glassware

Art Jan 7, 2018

Edo-kiriko: A cut above the average glassware

For Ryuichi Kumakura, a 70-year-old cut-glass artisan, finding young workers eager to learn and preserve the traditional Japanese craft is the least of his troubles — showing them how to engrave exquisite pieces of glassware with precision is what matters most. Having a decent "business ...

Tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata turns to home-stay program to bolster tourism

National Mar 10, 2017

Tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata turns to home-stay program to bolster tourism

Six years after tsunami ravaged Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, the coastal city is moving to rebuild tourism with a unique home-stay program. The minpaku (private lodging) program, organized by tourism promotion organization Marugoto Rikuzentakata, enables visitors to get a taste of the daily lives of ...

New digital exhibit on Japanese cuisine filling visitors' senses

Art Mar 1, 2017

New digital exhibit on Japanese cuisine filling visitors' senses

An exhibition in downtown Tokyo is offering unique opportunities to experience washoku (Japanese cuisine) using the five senses in interactive digital displays that allow visitors to follow the scent of soup stock and actually taste traditional dishes. "The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God" highlights ...

Film Oct 1, 2016

Documentary film on Tsukiji fish market released amid relocation row

The first documentary film about the famed Tsukiji fish market was released in Tokyo on Saturday, depicting the everyday lives of unsung seafood professionals, amidst an imbroglio over the site's planned relocation. "Tsukiji Wonderland" has been released at a time when the wholesale fish market ...

Tohoku team touts Robo-Dog technology in disaster rescues

National Mar 11, 2016

Tohoku team touts Robo-Dog technology in disaster rescues

Scientists are looking to put a new kind of dog into the fight to rescue survivors of future disasters: a canine strapped into a high-tech vest that will allow it to function somewhat like a robot. The combination of a dog's acute sense of smell ...

U.N. program gives Japanese students new worldview

National Aug 13, 2015

U.N. program gives Japanese students new worldview

For Japanese high school student Takumi Masaka, traveling to New York City to play the role of a Syrian diplomat at a simulation of a United Nations conference was a life-altering experience that opened his eyes to differing worldviews. Masaka, 17, is one of a ...