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Antique sword showcases traditional technique

A Japanese sword featuring a cherry-blossom pattern on its blade is currently on display at the Japan Sword Gallery in Toranomon, in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. The blade sports a cherry blossom design, as well as a running water motif modeled on the Yoshino River. Made in 1821, the sword is a ...

Call for essays on free trade

| Jul 27, 2017

Call for essays on free trade

The Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC) has started accepting entries for it's 13th annual essay competition under the topic of "The Ideal Free Trade System: Tasks and Solutions." Founded in 1947, the JFTC is one of Japan's most influential business associations. Last year saw 189 ...

800 years of katana craftsmanship on display

| Jun 8, 2017

800 years of katana craftsmanship on display

People visiting Japan are often attracted to the beautiful and unique traditional arts, especially samurai culture. The katana is one such item that represents the beauty of samurai culture. It is a highly functional weapon that symbolizes the formal attire and status of samurai. The katana ...

ADB meeting attendees take in history via ukiyo-e

| May 18, 2017

ADB meeting attendees take in history via ukiyo-e

The Bank of Yokohama Ltd. held a reception showcasing an ukiyo-e collection, including a painting of Katsushika Hokusai's series of "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Yokohama's Nishi Ward, on May 6. The reception was held to welcome foreign ...

Stylish umbrella brand

| Apr 27, 2017

Stylish umbrella brand

Moonbat Co., which sells umbrellas, scarves and other fashion items, recently launched an online shop to showcase their high-quality goods. Some of their best items can be found under the company's original Tsukisou line. Tsukisou was created in celebration of Moonbat's 130th anniversary. The line features ...

Training engineers in Africa

| Apr 20, 2017

Training engineers in Africa

Chiyoda Corp. renewed an agreement with Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, E.P., Mozambique's national hydrocarbon company, to extend the term for the Yokohama-based engineering company to provide training to engineers of the company. Chiyoda Corp. Vice President Keiichi Nakagaki, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos CEO Omar Mitha ...

Global community celebrates Buddha's birth

| Apr 13, 2017

Global community celebrates Buddha's birth

Tens of thousands of visitors traveled to Sampozan Muryojuji Temple, the head temple of the Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan, in Kato, Hyogo Prefecture, to commemorate the birth of Buddha on April 8. The date was designated as the International Buddhist Day by supreme Buddhist ...

Global worshippers gather to fete Buddha

| Mar 30, 2017

Global worshippers gather to fete Buddha

The birth of Buddha will be celebrated on April 8 at Sampozan Muryojuji Temple, the head temple of the Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan, in Kato, Hyogo Prefecture. Supreme Buddhist leaders from 41 countries on five continents gathered at the Sixth Buddhist Summit in December ...

Taichung expo showcases green, nature people

| Mar 16, 2017

Taichung expo showcases green, nature people

The city of Taichung in central Taiwan held the first news conference outside the country to announce in Tokyo on March 8 that it will host the 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition, from Nov. 3, 2018 to April 24, 2019. The theme of the exposition ...

Exploring the nation's tea and rice cuisine

| Mar 2, 2017

Exploring the nation's tea and rice cuisine

Arigato.kitchen presents its first book, "Chazuke" (¥1,200), an inside look at traditional Japanese recipes, ingredients and regional attractions. As the book aims to introduce both Japanese and international readers into the culinary art of , a bowl of rice with tea poured over it ...

New lock allows for remote home security

| Jan 26, 2017

New lock allows for remote home security

Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. (KKE) began selling RemoteLock, which secures doors remotely, in Japan on Jan. 17, after the Tokyo-based company in the business of disaster risk reduction acquired the marketing rights from the Colorado-based LockState. RemoteLock also enables the creation of passcodes for locks, ...

Jan 14, 2017

Weight-loss surgery offers long-term benefits to obese teens

Gastric bypass surgery helps "severely obese" teenagers shed weight and keep it off for years, according to research published on Jan. 6. In two studies, one in the United States and the other in Sweden, young people who underwent the procedure were about 30 percent ...

Get the latkes out for Hanukkah in Japan

Dec 22, 2016

Get the latkes out for Hanukkah in Japan

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When Binyomin Edery, the chief rabbi of Japan, was a child growing up in the farming village of Kfar Chabad in Israel, the nine-pronged menorah could be seen everywhere during the winter Hanukkah festival. So when he arrived in Japan during Hanukkah 18 years ago, ...