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A plentiful supply of locally-grown chicory is ready in Japan

SAITAMA, Feb. 18 ― Japanese growers are harvesting chicory leaves in Saitama, one of the country’s main suppliers of the western vegetable for more than three decades. The chicory heads have fully grown out of the root and are now ready to be packaged. All this is done in early mornings or evenings to avoid daylight in order to maintain the white color of delicate leaves.

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“Sun” on wall watching over children’s smile at park created by quake-hit farmer

IWATE, Mar. 11 – The large mural measures 8 meters in height and 43 meters in width and under the colorful trees and flowers, children are holding hands with each other-the picture on the wall was painted by Saeko Fujii, a 74-year-old persimmon farmer in Kamaishi city, Iwate Prefecture, and the locals. She turned part of her farmland into the park and painted the wall of the adjacent plant with the colorful picture for the children who lost their playgrounds because of the tsunami after the Great East Japan Earthquake, The idea of painting the wall came from a word murmured by a girl. In 2012, Fujii created the park … Continue reading

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[Our Noh no Ikebana] “We express early spring through colors,” says Etsuko Wada, 56, from Tsuwano Town, Shimane Prefecture

“The good thing about Noh no Ikebana is that we can enjoy it with free ideas. It’s not just fun. It gives me new insights as I work together with friends. We show vegetables and flowers and ask each other questions, like when I should plant them or how we can cook them. I learn from others about vegetables I don’t grow or cook at home. The theme of this arrangement is “Look; I found the spring!” The materials are vegetables and flowers in early spring. Field mustard, Chinese citrons, and mimosa in spring colors are doing a great job. We used the roots of vegetables and branches of flowers … Continue reading

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It’s mysterious circles in Japan! Drone captures circles of trees

NICHINAN, Feb. 3 ― Thanks to drones, the Miyazaki prefectural government captures a pair of mysterious circles made of cedar trees at its forest management site. Miyazaki prefecture is well-known for Japan’s biggest output of cedar trees and the Nichinan city’s forest is populated by local Obi-sugi cedar trees. So, the mysterious cycles are in fact the results of a 45-year experimental forestry program by scientists, who planted the local cedar trees to understand the effects of forest density of tree growth, explain prefectural government officials. The circle of cedar tress has now 69 meters in diameter, and there are 12 rounds of sequence in circles.

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Kobe beef steak tricks your eyes!

KOBE, Feb. 5 ― You can look, touch and have fun with Kobe beef steak. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Visitors can strike a pose, supporting huge slabs of Kobe beef at the Mysterious Consulate of Trick Art, which was formerly used as the consulate of Panama. The wall painting of beef steak is as high as 2 meters, with painting of a big dish on the floor. Both adults and children will enjoy visiting the trick art museum, which has as many as 10,000 visitors a month.

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