Kamaishi given World Rugby honor

Rugby Nov 4, 2019

Kamaishi given World Rugby honor

The city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, was presented with the Award for Character at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo on Sunday, an evening that saw South Africa claim the major awards a day after winning the Rugby World Cup. The Springboks edged Japan for ...

Organizers to build recovery monuments for disaster-hit areas

Olympics Jul 17, 2019

Organizers to build recovery monuments for disaster-hit areas

The Tokyo Games organizing committee said Wednesday it will oversee construction of three Olympic monuments made out of materials recycled from temporary housing provided in the wake of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Tokyo 2020 Recovery Monument project is the latest effort ...

Top Iwate brewery turns to AI for high-tech assist with sake

National Jun 2, 2018

Top Iwate brewery turns to AI for high-tech assist with sake

An award-winning sake brewery in the Tohoku region is eyeing a new approach to sake production that uses artificial intelligence to assist skilled workers. Nanbu Bijin Co. in Ninohe, Iwate Prefecture, is developing an AI tool to find the best time to drain water in ...

Seeking solace in Tohoku's poets of old

Books Mar 10, 2018

Seeking solace in Tohoku's poets of old

by Roger Pulvers

On Oct. 11, 2011, seven months to the day after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region, I stood beside the sole surviving pine tree from a 350-year-old forest of approximately 70,000 similar trees on the coastline of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. In ...