Tag - seaweed



Seaweed in the ocean off Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Local residents aim to restore seagrass and seaweed beds suffering from marine desertification, and their project has also been certified to receive "blue carbon" credits.
Jun 23, 2024
Japan looks to 'blue carbon' to cut emissions — and restore its coasts
The nation's net zero goal has driven interest in these ecosystems, but verifying the amount of carbon stored by seaweed presents a challenge.
Water tanks used to cultivate seaweed on land by Three Lines in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture
JAPAN / Science & Health / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Jun 3, 2024
Poor seaweed harvest prompts Kyushu University team to look toward land
The team has found some success with on-land farming, although increasing production yields for commercialization remains a challenge.
This is the dish that hooked me on the traditional Japanese ways of the "washoku" kitchen.
LIFE / Food & Drink / Washoku Essentials
May 26, 2024
Land and sea come together in traditional kitchen staple
For a dish of ingredients that display such culinary affinity, the Japanese have a go-to phrase: "aishō ga yoroshii" (good compatibility).
A fisherman rows his boat ashore in Cochin, Kerala, India.
Sep 6, 2023
India bets on seaweed's future as food industry appetite grows
Grains are the backbone of food security in India, but seaweed advocates trumpet its dietary benefits, diverse uses in processed foods and sustainability.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2023
The British botanist who helped revive Japan's seaweed industry
Kathleen Drew-Baker made groundbreaking discoveries about the reproduction of nori seaweed, helping to kick-start its farming on a commercial scale.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2023
From soup stock to supercrop: Japan shows off its seaweed savvy
Research into new applications for the marine plant — from carbon absorption to reducing methane emissions from cattle — is flourishing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Dec 19, 2022
Hokkaido kelp farmers aim to boost storage of 'blue carbon' in seaweed beds
Stakeholders in the major kelp-producing region this year started researching the growing conditions of seaweeds and the amount of absorbed carbon with an aim to sell blue carbon credits.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Washoku Essentials
Aug 28, 2021
When you get familiar with kanten, cooking starts to gel just right
Known as agar-agar in most English-speaking countries, kanten is shelf-stable and can be found in convenient powdered form, for whenever you need a vegan-friendly way to set liquids.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Washoku Essentials
Aug 28, 2021
How to make Japanese kanten fruit jelly
These bright, colorful kanten jelly desserts are the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth while staying cool in the heat.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2020
Seaweed replaced with tropical coral as global warming hits Japanese waters
Fishers in Chiba Prefecture now struggling to catch seasonal fish as seawater temperatures rise.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Feb 25, 2020
Billion-year-old Chinese seaweed is oldest green plant fossil
Scientists have spotted in rocks from northern China what may be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found, tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor roughly a billion years ago and were part of a primordial revolution among life on Earth.
Japan Times
Apr 29, 2017
Diving into the myriad ways to enjoy Japan's sea greens
The seasonality of fruits, vegetables, nuts and fungi growing in the fields and mountains of Japan is fairly obvious to many of us who we are familiar with such places and foods.
Japan Times
Sep 4, 2016
Seaweed farming, a sudden slimy success, needs greener rules, U.N. study finds
Seaweed farming needs tighter regulation to limit damage to the environment after booming into a $6.4 billion business with uses in everything from sushi to toothpaste, a United Nations study said Sunday.
Jul 23, 2016
Creature from the deep
I hate seaweed.
Dec 9, 2015
Japan to expand import quota for South Korean nori
Japan will more than double its quota for imports of South Korean nori to 2.7 billion sheets, the Fisheries Agency said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2013
Dear Alice,


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals