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【News】Big colorful balloons lift off in Ojiya city, Niigata Prefecture (Mar. 5, 2017)

A couple of dozens of big colorful balloons flew high up in the air over the snow-covered rice fileds in the Chuetsu area of Niigata Prefecture. This year’s Ojiya Balloon Festival, the 41st one in its long history, was held on February 25 and 26, 2017, in Ojiya city, Niigata Prefecture. Visitors to the annual winter festival were invited to have a brief ride on a balloon offered by a local agricultural cooperative and to enjoy watching the skills of balloon operators competing in an amateur hot air balloon competition over the snowfield called “the Sea of Japan Cross Country Championship”. The venue for the winter hot air balloon race … Continue reading

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【News】No no IKEBANA: Improving presentation skill                               (5) Follow your heart and enjoy your arrangement (Mar. 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.> No no Ikebana is something that stirs your imagination. To me, all vegetables look like cute animals, so I make penguins from egg plants and monkeys from chestnuts to include them in my arrangements. When I found Japanese radishes and carrots with two legs, I gave them headbands and put them in a row … Continue reading

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【News】Try this new ancient-looking sweet gift from Chino, Nagano Prefecture! (Mar. 1, 2017)

Many say they are too good to eat. They look exactly like the two national treasure “dogu” clay figurines produced during the Jomon Period and unearthed from Chino, Nagano Prefecture, but they are “yokan,” traditional Japanese sweet bean paste jellies, prepared by a long-established local confectioner based on the idea of local university students. The edible dogu are called “Kokuho Shio Yokan (National Treasure Salty Yokan)” and already popular. Baigetsu, the 90-year-old local confectioner, created the dogu-shaped yokan in two types: one in the shape of “Jomon no Venus (the Venus of Jomon)” and the other in the shape of “Kamen no Megami (the Masked Goddess)”. They are approximately 8 … Continue reading

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【News】 White strawberries from Shizuoka proving popular in Tokyo (Feb. 28, 2017)

Suzuki Farm in Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture, plans to increase cultivation of its white strawberries, which are marketed at a high price of 2,500 yen to 3,000 yen per box containing 15 to 18 berries. Now the strawberries are sold at some department stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The farm grew them experimentally last year, but plans to grow more this year because of strong sales. Although the farm considered exporting them to Hong Kong, it decided to concentrate on the domestic market due to their high unit price. The white strawberries produced by the farm are called Pearl White, the variety which is even whiter than other white strawberries … Continue reading

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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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