Author Archives: The Japan Agricultural News

JTB, 2 other Japanese firms to expand sales of frozen Japanese meal kits overseas, starting in Singapore

TOKYO, May 22 – JTB Corporation, Japan’s major travel company, and two other Japanese firms, including a subsidiary of ABC Cooking Studio Co., have launched a joint project to export Japanese frozen meal kits and foods. The three-company consortium aims at creating new sales channels by targeting overseas consumers who want to enjoy readily available Japanese food at home while their chances for dining out and visiting Japan keep decreasing. The project was launched by JTB, ABC Mall, and an IT-based farming logistics solution company, We Agri Inc. They plan to export the frozen food and dishes initially to Singapore, where high demand for Japanese food and ingredients is expected. … Continue reading

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Irregular potatoes made into playdough to reduce waste

KAGOSHIMA, May 20 – Yukari Miyazawa, a 38-year-old resident of Okinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, has started selling playdough made from irregular potatoes after learning that they are being disposed of. “I hope people will have more interest in the issue of food waste through the product,” Miyazawa said. Miyazawa moved to the island from Okinawa Prefecture in 2018 with her husband who was transferred there. She learned that potatoes, the local specialty, are often wasted if they are damaged and are not suitable for shipping, and looked for ways to recycle them. She found out that it is possible to make playdough by mixing starch extracted from potatoes with … Continue reading

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Horse meat sashimi vending machine making big splash in Nagano

NAGANO, May 19 – A vending machine offering horse meat sashimi in the town of Iijima, Nagano Prefecture, is proving popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling customers to make purchases 24 hours a day while avoiding face-to-face contact. The vending machine service is offered by Wakamaru, a meat seller with more than 100 years of history specializing in horse meat, a local specialty of Nagano’s Minami Shinshu region. While selling products at its shop next to its factory, as well as online and at local restaurants, the firm set up a vending machine with a quick-freezing function at its headquarters. Five raw horse meat products are available from the vending … Continue reading

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Final Evangelion “filmed” heroin planting rice at Oyama Senmaida terraced rice paddies in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture

CHIBA, May 11 – “Evangelion 3.0+1.0″ is the final film in the famous Japanese anime series released in March this year. It’s creating a buzz on social media on the actual location of the terraced rice paddies (tanada in Japanese) featured in the movie. Japan Agriculture News confirmed that the rice fields in the film is Oyama Senmaida in Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture, in the interviews with the people who have been protecting the landscape. Rice fields preserved by “owner system” to welcome site visits by fans “We can’t tell the name of the movie, but please let us use the scenery in the film.” A nonprofit organization (NPO), Oyama … Continue reading

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Take a quiet walk into famous painting

GIFU, May 9 – It’d been an ordinary pond in the forest right next to Nemichi Shrine in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture, but now it’s a popular place known as “Monet’s Pond.” Fresh green trees are reflected on the water, and beautiful water lilies are floating. It looks so much like a “Water Lilies” picture by French Impressionist Claude Monet. Then, naturally, people started to call it “Monet’s Pond.” The pond is about the size of a tennis court, and it’s a reservoir for rice paddies in its neighborhood. When the tourist farm next to it, “Itadori Flower Park,” opened in 1999, some residents started to weed and clean the … Continue reading

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