Nozomi Kobayashi

For Nozomi Kobayashi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Benshi' silent film narrator a hit in Mexico

National Nov 13, 2004

'Benshi' silent film narrator a hit in Mexico

The cinema in Mexico City was full and the audience was enjoying "Taki No Shiraito" ("Cascading White Threads"), a Japanese silent film by Kenji Mizoguchi. The audience was mesmerized not so much by the scenes unfolding on the screen, however, but by a woman in ...

National Nov 5, 2004

Japanese breathing fire into habanero boom

Producers of the world's hottest chili, habanero, in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are very curious to know what is going on with the spicy food boom in Japan. The boom was a "big surprise for us," said Armando Palmas, president of Padysa, the largest exporter of ...

Tariff-free tequila flow from Mexico to Japan under FTA

Business Sep 16, 2004

Tariff-free tequila flow from Mexico to Japan under FTA

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Kyodo) Mexico's tequila industry is expecting a sudden surge in shipments to Japan when the tariff of 25.2 yen per liter is completely removed under a Mexico-Japan free-trade pact that takes effect April 1. Mexico and Japan reached a basic deal on the ...