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Can “real straws” help reduce plastic waste?

FUKUI, May 31 – Straws made of barley stalks are attracting attention as a new option for eco-friendly consumers. Fukui Oomugi Club, a Fukui-based barley tea and food producer started selling them last year. It uses stalks provided by local barley growers to make the very natural straw, which is unique to Fukui Prefecture, which is Japan’s largest producer of six-row barley, or Rokujo oomugi in Japanese. Making straws out of agricultural byproducts can also help reduce plastic waste. The stalks of “Fiber-snow” six-row barley are provided by the members of a local agricultural cooperative corporation named Ten. They are dried in the sun, cut in 18 to 20 centimeters … Continue reading

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Aomori debuts “Junoheart” super cute cherry nationwide

AOMORI, TOKYO, Jul. 1 – Junoheart, a new cherry variety developed in Aomori Prefecture, celebrated its nationwide debut on July 1, 2020. It’s a super cute heart-shaped cherry of more than 2.8 centimeters in size, one of Japan’s largest varieties. It tastes less sour and has a high sugar content of around 20%. Currently, it’s grown in some part of Aomori, 10 hectares in total, but the prefecture is planning to triple the area in five years. Takano Fruits Parlor in Shinjuku, Tokyo, now has a limited offer of Junoheart Cake (1,188 yen) and Junoheart Parfait (2,200 yen) to celebrate the debut of the new charming cherry variety in Japan. Governor … Continue reading

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Japanese Tatami yoga mat building buzz overseas

FUKUOKA, May 24 -Colorful tatami-like yoga mats made of Japanese igusa soft rush grass are becoming popular worldwide. They have high moisture absorbency properties and odor eliminating effect. “Their good aroma makes it easier to do nasal breathing, which is an essential part of yoga,” and “their surface never gets sticky even when you are sweaty,” some said. The product is called “Tatami Yoga.” It’s designed and commercialized by Ikehiko Corporation, an igusa product planner and producer based in Oki Town, Fukuoka Prefecture. The mats are made of igusa grown in Kumamoto and Fukuoka Prefectures. Igusa, dyed in red, blue, and all other beautiful colors, is woven in a traditional … Continue reading

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Kanagawa-based botanical garden creating a buzz with “one banana leaf” social distancing proposal

KANAGAWA, Jun. 23 – “Keep one-banana-leaf social distancing with others”. A botanical garden in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, says so in its poster it recently created. It was posted on the walls and the Internet for encouraging visitors to maintain social distancing as a preventative measure against the novel coronavirus, catching the attention of many, especially among social networking service (SNS) users. Ofuna Botanical Garden in Kanagawa Prefecture had been closed since April 10 after the state of emergency declaration, but it reopened on June 9. On the same day, the botanical garden posted a picture of two staff members standing apart from each other with a long big banana … Continue reading

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[Letters with Noh no Ikebana in season] Colorful landscape of early summer

HIROSHIMA, May 8 – Noh no Ikebana is one form of flower arrangements. It’s mainly for farmers and arranges agricultural products as materials and farm instruments as containers. It often features the joy people find in different seasons and everyday lives in their hometowns. The new quarterly series of articles, “Letters with Noh no Ikebana in season,” has now begun to share a heart of hospitality (o-mo-te-na-shi in Japanese) that the lovers of Noh no Ikebana put in their works. We want to share our love for vegetables in season: Noh no Ikebana Club at Matsunagakita Branch of JA Fukuyama-shi (Hiroshima Prefecture) <Containers & Tools> A jag, a wood bucket, … Continue reading

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