‘Washoku’ in Florence

In response to the registration of “washoku” traditional Japanese cuisine as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will hold a promotional event in Florence, Italy, on Jan. 21 to 23, so that people overseas can appreciate the allure of washoku.

The event will also offer visitors the opportunity to sample a selection of sake.

Washoku was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list on Dec. 4, 2013, as a valuable dietary culture nurtured by the Japanese people’s soul, which “respects nature.”

The UNESCO list aims to ensure the better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance, and thereby keep them alive.

At the event, which will be held at several venues throughout the Italian city, sake and delicious cuisine — Japanese and Italian — will be introduced, and Italian and Japanese chefs will showcase tasty appetizers that complement and are complemented by sake.

There will also be a demonstration by an Italian chef using Japanese foodstuffs and sake, and a dinner will be served with the theme of “dashi” (Japanese-style soup and cooking stock).

Finally, to deepen understanding of the techniques used for each cuisine, there will be a dialogue between Japanese and Italian cooking experts, educators and cooking schools.


JTA’s whale shark jets

In collaboration with the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, one of the most popular aquariums in Okinawa, Japan TransOcean Air (JTA) launched its second whale shark jet, which went into service Jan. 5.

The specially designed jets feature whale sharks, which are one of the most popular creatures with visitors to the aquarium because of the combination of their vast size and gracefulness.

The design of the first jet featured a blue whale shark while the second features a pink one, like Japanese cherry blossom. It has been dubbed Sakura Jinbee. When the jets take to the air, it is like watching two huge sea creatures swimming in the clouds.

The whale shark jets operate every day on all of JTA’s routes.

For more information and flight schedules, visit www.jal.co.jp/jta .

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