Tag - rural-life

 
 

RURAL LIFE

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JAPAN
May 12, 2023
Golden Week crowds up in 95% of Japanese cities on COVID recovery
While travel particularly boomed in regional areas, some commercial districts in major cities saw less crowding.
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COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
May 8, 2023
'In Nojiri, I have never felt like a foreigner'
Secluded and serene, the summer spot for many expat families faces challenges that aren't unique to other rural townships in Japan.
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LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 30, 2023
Japan's ume heartland sows new prospects
If you’ve ever eaten ume, chances are it came from Minabe or Tanabe in Wakayama Prefecture.
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LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 23, 2023
Will tourists thirst for trips to a Japanese green tea mecca?
Tourists in Japan can find quality tea anywhere. These rural farmers, however, are hoping some travelers are willing to go far afield for excellent sips.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Apr 17, 2023
Traditional Japanese homes are the focus of weekend-long Minka Summit
Amid a movement toward sustainable living, old Japanese farmhouses are getting a second look from the non-Japanese population.
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JAPAN
Apr 9, 2023
School closures continue as Japan’s population declines
As Japan's birthrate drops quicker than expected, more schools in rural areas are closing their doors.
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LIFE / Travel
Apr 8, 2023
A long and winding visit to 'secret' Ubayu Onsen
Secluded and remote hot springs are yet another example of Japan's deep bathing culture.
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JAPAN / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Mar 27, 2023
Support for new Fukushima Prefecture residents key to tackling depopulation
The number of people moving to the area is on the rise, but with some new arrivals then moving away again, the prefecture is faced with a growing issue.
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JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 27, 2023
COVID-era relocation trend may be fading despite work flexibility
The balance between those relocating to Tokyo and those leaving it widened again last year, accelerating the capital's population growth.
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LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 19, 2023
Laborious and luxurious, saffron takes root again in southwestern Japan
The world's most expensive spice flows through a small village in Kyushu.
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LIFE / Food & Drink / Destination Restaurants
Mar 12, 2023
Dewaya: Sansai cuisine worthy of a pilgrimage
Chef Haruki Sato prizes the freshest ingredients, even if that means digging them up in the dead of winter.
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JAPAN / Longform
Mar 11, 2023
Abandoned after 3/11, Fukushima starts attracting new residents
People are moving to areas near the crippled nuclear power plant in the prefecture lured by the promise of subsidies, discount housing and work opportunities. But will these migrants stay?
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JAPAN
Feb 26, 2023
Rural post offices begin hosting unmanned shops to help older residents
Some 3,000 of the roughly 24,000 post offices nationwide have embraced the service, stocking vegetables, daily necessities and other items.
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JAPAN
Feb 24, 2023
Japan lacking dairy farmers as cost of feed rises
The number of dairy farmers has been falling at an annual pace of 4%, agriculture ministry officials said.
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LIFE
Feb 12, 2023
Fukui’s dwindling washi makers hold on to paper-thin margins
As a product, washi's beauty is unassailable. As an industry, it's future is in doubt.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 21, 2023
Half-farming, half-anything: Japan’s rural lifestyle revolution
Leaving Japan's suffocating metropolises behind is as simple as a passion, a modest profit and plot of land.
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BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 15, 2023
Japan startups team with farmers to put tech to work in agriculture
From robots to AI to blockchain, technological innovations are being harnessed to improve Japan's farming industry and its aging workforce.
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COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 9, 2023
Don’t pay people to leave Tokyo. Make more Tokyos.
Trying to arrest rural depopulation, Japan wants people to quit Tokyo, its greatest metropolis. How about creating new ones instead?
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BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2023
Japan’s business owners can’t find successors. This man gave his away.
Nearly 60% of the country's businesses report that they have no plan for their future ownership.
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JAPAN
Dec 29, 2022
The little trains that could: Japan's rural railways keep chugging on
With savvy marketing, Choshi Electric Railway somehow gets back on track.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world