Moss grows into a popular leisure activity in Japan

Lifestyle Aug 5, 2018

Moss grows into a popular leisure activity in Japan

As Kaori Shibo bends her head down and peers at a log through a magnifying glass, she emits a delighted gasp. The object of her adoration? Moss. With her face almost close enough to kiss the fallen tree, she shouts out, "Oh, this baby's sporophyte ...

Day care centers in Japan need some help with soiled diapers

Lifestyle Jun 17, 2018

Day care centers in Japan need some help with soiled diapers

For a country with a reputation for cleanliness and hygiene, Japan has taken waste disposal in an unsavory direction with parents usually being asked to carry their children's soiled diapers home from day care. To lighten the load on concerned parents, some municipalities are now ...

Takaoka crafts a new tourism industry

Lifestyle Jun 9, 2018

Takaoka crafts a new tourism industry

by Mio Yamada

In the entrance of Nousaku in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, a group of schoolchildren skip by and point excitedly at an eclectic display of hundreds of brightly colored objects. Other visitors, meanwhile, look down in wonder toward the concrete floor, where a huge golden silhouette ...