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Business with Vietnam; Yokohama Oktoberfest; chestnut treats


Business with Vietnam

The ASEAN Promotion Centre on Trade, Investment and Tourism will hold an “ASEAN Showcase — Vietnam” trade exhibition with business-matching activities at the ASEAN-Japan Hall in Minato Ward, Tokyo, from Oct. 20 to 23.

Fifteen Vietnamese companies in the marine product and handicraft industries will showcase a wide variety of products, including frozen and cured prawns, frozen catfish and various handicraft products.

A representative from each company will participate in business matching with Japanese buyers on Oct. 21 and 22.

Some programs will be scheduled, such as factory or related agency visits, to allow exhibitors to gain experience in the way Japanese business is conducted.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., with free interpretation service provided in Japanese and English during the business-matching sessions.



Yokohama Oktoberfest

The 13th annual Yokohama Oktoberfest is taking place through Oct. 19 at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

Modeled after Munich’s world-famous beer festival, which boasts 200 years of history, this Japanese re-creation attracts close to 100,000 visitors each year.

Some 90 types of beer, the largest selection offered so far, will be available, including four official Oktoberfest beers from Munich, as well as local craft and flavored beers.

Visitors can also purchase a 50-cm-long German sausage, dubbed the Katana, for ¥1,700 (only 30 available each day) and other traditional delicacies, including sirloin steak and roast chicken. Live German music will also be provided by the Woho&Kalendar Band.

It starts at noon and ends at 9:30 p.m. on weekdays. The doors open one hour earlier on weekends.

Admission is ¥300 for adults and free for children below the age of 15.


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Chestnut treats

This fall, Kogetsu Co., a Kyoto-style confectionery company, will be reintroducing a popular old favorite, Kurizukushi, by giving it a new look and taste, complete with brand-new packaging.

First launched almost 30 years ago, the company decided to rebrand the product. They found the perfect ingredient in “gyokuro hojicha,” a blend of top grade roasted Japanese tea, to balance the sweetness of “kuri,” or chestnut, combining the two to create a strong fragrance and rich harmonious flavor.

To produce the best autumn confectionery, the company used one whole chestnut per piece. The two-layered dessert was also redesigned in the shape and color of a chestnut.

Kurizukushi will only be on sale for a limited period from Oct. 10 to Dec. 4, with one piece priced at ¥200. It also comes in boxes, which cost ¥1,200 for five pieces or ¥2,300 for 10.

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