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【News】Come and see faces of pioneering tractors in Hokkaido at Tsuchi-no-Yakata museum in Kamifurano town, Hokkaido(May 14, 2017)

A tractor is a useful vehicle when you are to plow or carry something heavy in the fields. However, for many farmers, it’s also something special that they enjoy its appearance and feel personal attachment to. Tsuchi-no-Yakata is a museum in Kamifurano town, Hokkaido, where you can meet those old-time tractors and learn the history of farming tools. Seventy two units of old tractors in different colors and distinctive designs sit in neat rows. The oldest one in the collection is a steam-powered traction engine built in 1902, and the latest one is a Russian-made tractor built in 1980. Most of them on display were actually used and donated by … Continue reading

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【News】Explore new ways to treasure every encounter with Japanese tea (May 7, 2017)

The number of unique Japanese tea shops is increasing. Those include a shop specialized in flavored tea and a café that serves cups of hand-drip Japanese tea. They are contributing to the expansion of the Japanese tea follower base. Ocharaka is a tea shop located in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. A huge shelf of wooden tea boxes with name tags such as “Baked Apple” and “Rose” occupies one wall of the shop. Inside the boxes are 50 kinds of flavored tea leaves produced based on Japanese tea leaves and dried fruits and flower petals. The shop owner is Stephane Danton, a 52-year-old ex-wine sommelier from France. After he came to Japan, he … Continue reading

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【News】Our No no Ikebana:“Even roots have a role to play,” says Fukuko Kako from Obu city, Aichi Prefecture (May 5, 2017)

Fukuko Kako, 68, from Obu city, Aichi Prefecture, talks about how she enjoys No no Ikebana. “I use fruits and vegetables that I grow and the most interesting part of No no Ikebana for me is that I can make unique arrangements. Moreover, I can do this without spending any on materials. The happiest moment comes when I watch someone get excited to see things which are not familiar to nonfarmers. They often get excited to see purple spring onions and blueberry flowers and say happily, “Oh, I’ve never seen this before!” I once received a letter from a person from Kyoto, which tells that she was “so moved” to … Continue reading

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【News】Nicolai Bergmann’s floral art displayed in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district (April 28, 2017)

A large spherical floral artwork, measuring 2.5 meters in diameter, appeared on April 27 at Shin-Marunouchi Building near JR Tokyo Station to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the building. The flower ball, titled “Blooming Waltz,” was designed by 40-year-old Danish flower artist Nicolai Bergmann. Bergmann, now a resident of Tokyo, studied at a gardening school in Denmark and moved to Japan, inspired by Japanese cultures such as kimono and traditional handicrafts. While working at a flower shop in Saitama Prefecture, he studied the Japanese art of flower arrangement. After he opened his own flower shop, his distinctive arrangements created by fusing Japanese and European aesthetics attracted a … Continue reading

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【News】Spring trio in Asahi town, Toyama Prefecture (Apr. 13, 2017)

Along the bank of Funagawa River in Asahi town, Toyama Prefecture, tulips and cherry blossoms are in full bloom at once, presenting a beautiful harmony of colors with the mountains of the Northern Alps in the background. The tulips are grown by a 56-year-old local bulb grower, Shuji Yamazaki, who successfully manages to make his tulips flower when the 280 cherry trees on the river banks are in full bloom. This year, he planted approximately 600,000 bulbs of tulips in 30 different kinds in his 1.5 hectors field. Shuji and his 74-year-old father began producing tulips in the cherry-blossom season in 2008, expecting that “the tulips added to the already-beautiful … Continue reading

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