Moss grows into a popular leisure activity in Japan

Lifestyle Aug 5, 2018

Moss grows into a popular leisure activity in Japan

As Kaori Shibo bends her head down and peers at a log through a magnifying glass, she emits a delighted gasp. The object of her adoration? Moss. With her face almost close enough to kiss the fallen tree, she shouts out, "Oh, this baby's sporophyte ...

Origami vending machine in Nikko shines light on disabled artists

National Feb 12, 2018

Origami vending machine in Nikko shines light on disabled artists

A vending machine selling origami pieces created by residents with mental disabilities has been installed near the famed Toshogu Shrine in the popular tourist destination of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. The unit, a former cigarette machine refurbished with colorful patterns, has proved to be a hit ...

Speakers made from Tochigi gourds a hit with listeners

National Nov 5, 2017

Speakers made from Tochigi gourds a hit with listeners

A speaker made from bottle gourd grown in Tochigi Prefecture is attracting listeners with its acoustic qualities and a cute appearance resembling an animation character. A maker of car stereos in Tochigi, the biggest producer of dried gourd strips for rolled sushi, began developing the ...

Living color: Basking in Tochigi's golden hues

Travel Oct 20, 2017

Living color: Basking in Tochigi's golden hues

by Stephen Mansfield

Traveling into the Shiobara Valley by bus, visitors are assailed by the rich, intensely cultivated fields of Nasunogahara. The reformations that characterized Japan's Meiji Era (1868 -1912) were not confined to political or social change, the volcanic wasteland of Nasunogahara undergoing a transformation of ...