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Digital rice field appears in Tokyo and interacts with audience

TOKYO, June 22 — A rice paddy field appears across the floor. You touch it with the scenery changing constantly. But the scenery is an illusion — a digital exhibit at a new interactive museum in Tokyo. The digital rice field is one of artworks created by the teamLAb, a group of Japanese ultra-technologist, known for their digital art that combines projections, sound and spaces. The teamLAb have opened a full-scale digital art museum at the Mori Building in Tokyo’s Odaiba. The museum features multiple 3-dimensional spaces set across 10,000 square meters. The exhibits are designed to flow into one another and interact with each other and visitors.

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Osaka earthquake shakes farm businesses in western Japan

IBARAKI, June 20 — One day after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Osaka, Japan’s second largest metropolitan area, the vulnerability of many elements of urban infrastructure has been exposed. Four people died and more than 400 others were injured after the earthquake. The Osaka earthquake hit during the morning rush hour and affected many businesses, including farming operations. The agriculture ministry and the farmers’ co-operative JA group rushed to assist and assess quake damages. The meteorological agency warned additional earthquakes in the form of aftershocks of the magnitude 6.1 earthquake.

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Make a wish upon a star at Taketanada fire festival in Toho Village, Fukuoka Prefecture

FUKUOKA, June 17 – On June 9, the Toho village in Fukuoka Prefecture held “Taketanada no Himatsuri,” a local festival that features torches of over one thousand. In July last year, the village was severely hit by the concentrated heavy rainfall that struck the northern part of the Kyushu. The villagers still find it difficult to recover some of the local stepped rice paddies (tanada in Japanese) but decided to have the event to express their hope for the quick recovery of the region. So, they decorated the paddies in the Take district of the village with approximately 1,200 torches to allure the travelers. Tanada in the Take district is … Continue reading

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【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana : “Gift from land brightens up rainy grey days,”says Kunie Toda, 83, from Higashiura town, Aichi Prefecture (June 1)

  “In 1989, I talked to the members of the Women’s Group of the Shinden branch of an agricultural cooperative in Chita, Aichi Prefecture, (JA Aichi Chita, or JA Higashi-Chita back then), and started a local Noh no Ikebana club. Since then, we’ve been creating new arrangements for the entrance of the office of the Shinden Branch every Monday. We use sesame flowers, carrots flowers, two-legged Japanese radishes and all other materials you don’t usually get to see at your local supermarkets. So people often tell us that they never thought they were vegetable flowers or they’d never seen vegetables in such funny shape. We feel happy to hear these … Continue reading

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New vending machines in Tokyo Station offering you nice relaxing experience with tea in chabacco, not tobacco!

TOKYO, May 18 – It looks exactly like a box of tobacco, but it’s not. It’s “chabacco”- a box of powdered Japanese tea leaves, and its sales in vending machines have just been launched in Tokyo Station. Each box is beautifully designed with the motifs of tea plantations, Mt. Fuji, and tea-picking ladies, for example. One box contains a total of eight sticks of powdered tea leaves in variety such as fukamushi deep steamed green tea and roasted bancha tea. It costs 500 yen per box. The chabacco vending machines were placed on May 14 in Gransta in-station shopping and dining area in Tokyo Station ahead of the World No … Continue reading

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