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【News】No no IKEBANA: Improving presentation skill                            (4) Combining some containers while using tips to highlight central piece(Feb. 3, 2017)

<”No no Ikebana” is an art of arranging agricultural products together with agricultural implements and other familiar instruments. It’s a type of Ikebana but mainly for farmers. The series “No no Ikebana” will show you how to best feature the materials and containers you choose, with the help of fans of this style of Ikebana nationwide.> For No no Ikebana, you are free to use old agricultural implements. It’s also a good idea to combine several implements to highlight a central piece. My advice to beginners is to combine two agricultural tools. By coupling one large tool and one small tool, you can ensure a good balance in appearance. If … Continue reading

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【News】 Production of Kaguyabina paper dolls for Girls’ Day now in full swing (Feb. 3, 2017)

In Kamigori town, Hyogo Prefecture, the production of Kaguyabina, a pair of paper dolls place inside a Hyogo-made bamboo container, is now in full swing ahead of Girls’ Day on March 3, the day for people in Japan to pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. A pair of hand-crafted paper dolls in Kyoto-Yuzen patterned paper kimonos and artificial peach flowers are placed in the bamboo container of approximately 20 centimeters in height and 12 centimeters in diameter. It’s designed based on “Taketori Monogatari,” which a centuries-old Japanese fairy tale about a mysterious girl “Kaguya-hime” who was found as a baby inside a bamboo stalk. Koji Matsui, a … Continue reading

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【News】 Will new Toyohashi-made sausages drive demand in meat-free market? (Jan. 30, 2017)

Yoshiaki Tateishi, 71, from Toyohashi city, Aichi Prefecture, has developed meat-free sausages which are made from only vegetables, grains and other non-meat ingredients jointly with Katsuhide Murata, a technical advisor of the Toyohashi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. According to his recipe, the sausages are made mainly from steamed and chopped/impasted vegetables. Tateishi expects to drive the demand from those who can’t eat meat, including Muslims. The man who was involved in a vegetable processing business until 2014 had a chance to visit supermarkets in the U.S. on business. He saw so many types of sausages including some which were featuring locally-grown ingredients. He was so inspired and came to … Continue reading

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【News】 Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump agree to open two-way talks probably this summer at Japan-U.S. summit meeting (Feb. 12, 2017)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in their first official meeting held at Washington, D.C. on February 11 to newly set up a bilateral framework of “an economic dialogue” to discuss trade, investment and other related issues in order to strengthen economic ties between the two countries. The two-way framework of “an economic dialogue” was proposed by Prime Minister Abe, which will be led by Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. A list of major agendas at the bilateral economic dialogue is expected to include macro-economic policy including financial and monetary affairs, cooperation in infrastructure and energy projects, and … Continue reading

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【News】 Japan’s exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products renewed the record in 2016 (Feb. 11, 2017)

Japan’s exports of agricultural, forestry, fishery and food products increased 0.7 percent from a year earlier to 75.03 billion yen (preliminary figure) in 2016 to hit a fresh record for a fourth straight year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced on February 10. Export values of agricultural products including processed foods and candy totaled 45.95 billion yen in 2016, 4 percent up over the previous year. Sales of Japanese rice and beef in overseas markets increased more than 20 percent from a year earlier respectively to 2.7 billion yen and 13.5 billion yen. Exports of forestry products such as plywood were also lifted to the record high … Continue reading

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