Author Archives: The Japan Agricultural News

【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana : “Spring is just around the corner and trees are preparing themselves for it,” says Teruko Omura, 64, from Fukuyama city, Hiroshima(Feb. 2)

“I began Noh no Ikebana six year ago after reading articles in Japan Agricultural News. I live close to a lot of mountains and fields which are the source of an unlimited number of materials, and I found it very interesting that I can make arrangements using natural materials in natural ways. I do traditional ikebana since I was a junior high school student, but I think Noh no Ikebana is very special in how we can use the materials in any forms ranging from buds to dry pieces to create brisk displays. For containers, I often chose tools that my family used a long time ago. Creating arrangements with … Continue reading

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Shizuoka invites Thai actress with 700,000 followers; Bow Maylada finds Shizuoka attractive place to eat and travel

SHIZUOKA, Jan. 31 — A popular Thai actress, Bow Maylada, made her fourth visit in Shizuoka city, Shizuoka Prefecture. The city of Shizuoka invited her for four consecutive years as part of its promotional activities to have potential travelers from Thailand and other countries know about the attractive destinations they’ll find in Shizuoka, while Japan is becoming more and more popular among inbound tourists. Bow also visited a pilot shop run by an agricultural cooperative in Shizuoka city, JA Shimizu, and posted some pictures of what she found in the city, both local attractions and foods, on her social networking service (SNS) accounts. Bow has nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram, the … Continue reading

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Kasumi Ishikawa visits ZEN-NOH, says “I particularly enjoy eating rice overseas!”

TOKYO, Feb. 8 – Kasumi Ishikawa, a professional table tennis player and a member of the table tennis club of National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH), visited the ZEN-NOH office in Otemachi, Tokyo, on February 7 to update her activities. “I enjoy eating rice after the games overseas,” she said while speaking about what she eats before the games and while traveling overseas. Ishikawa also added that she always bring a rice cooker with her when she goes abroad to play games and that she pays attention to eating a lot of well-balanced food after the games as she loses weight from playing hard. “I’m thankful to ZEN-NOH for … Continue reading

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Japan must not compromise in trade talks with U.S.: head of Japanese farm coops

TOKYO, Feb. 8 – Toru Nakaya, chairman of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-ZENCHU), visited the United States in January for the first time since assigned to the post in August, and held talks with leaders of U.S. farm groups to discuss issues concerning agriculture, trade negotiations and cooperatives. In an interview with The Japan Agricultural News after the visit, Nakaya said U.S. farm groups were paying strong attention to bilateral or trilateral trade agreements, but remain uncertain about U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention behind indicating the possibility of the U.S. returning to the Trans-Pacific Partnership framework. Q. What were your objectives of visiting the U.S.? A. Various issues exist between … Continue reading

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“Evil out and fortune in!” Throw and get showered with dry roasted soybeans in Honbetsu, Tokachi, Hokkaido: Honbetsu Mamemaka Night Festival

HOKKAIDO, Feb. 4 – On February 3 each year, people in Japan does a “mamemaki” (literally “bean scattering”) traditional ritual of throwing soybeans to cleanse away evil spirits symbolized by oni, supernatural demons that often appear in Japanese folklore. But, people here in Honbetsu town, Hokkaido, have a lot more to do with the mamemaki. They have an event called Honbetsu Mame-maka Night (literally “you gotta throw beans tonight in Honbetsu”) that uses 2 tons of dry roasted soybeans to drive away an ill fortune. The youth group of a local agricultural cooperative (JA Honbetsu-cho) supports the event to promote soybeans, the local specialties of Honbetsu. This year’s festival was … Continue reading

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