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【News】 Production of Kaguyabina paper dolls for Girls’ Day now in full swing (Feb. 3, 2017)

In Kamigori town, Hyogo Prefecture, the production of Kaguyabina, a pair of paper dolls place inside a Hyogo-made bamboo container, is now in full swing ahead of Girls’ Day on March 3, the day for people in Japan to pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. A pair of hand-crafted paper dolls in Kyoto-Yuzen patterned paper kimonos and artificial peach flowers are placed in the bamboo container of approximately 20 centimeters in height and 12 centimeters in diameter. It’s designed based on “Taketori Monogatari,” which a centuries-old Japanese fairy tale about a mysterious girl “Kaguya-hime” who was found as a baby inside a bamboo stalk. Koji Matsui, a … Continue reading

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【News】No no IKEBANA: Improving presentation skill                              (3) Incorporating No no Ikebana into life Effective use of daily instruments to add color to life (Jan. 6, 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.> Everyday tools and ordinary small flowers grew in your garden or vegetable fields are most suitable for No no Ikebana arrangements for living environment such as a corner of a traditional Japanese tatami room or a cabinet at an entrance. For example, “mi” is a traditional basket used for winnowing. It will be a … Continue reading

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【News】 Village in the sky (Jan. 1, 2017)

Shimoguri-no-sato is a solitary hamlet in the mountains in Kamimura village, Iida city, Nagano Prefecture, which has become one of the popular tourist destinations in Japan. A photo of the village taken by a drone showed impressive houses and fields that cling to the steep slope on the southeastern side of the mountain. People grow local specialties such as Shimoguri potatoes and buckwheat on the well-drained soil on the slope of up to 38 degrees at approximately 800 to 1,000 kilometers above sea level. The village enjoys sunlight from early morning till evening. So people used to say, “don’t let you daughter get married to a man from Shimoguri-no-sato,” as … Continue reading

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【News】The cobalt blue pond that stops the time (Jan. 1, 2017)

It’s about 40 minutes’ drive from Asahikawa Airport. The blue pond lies down in absolute silence in the remote forest in Biei town, Hokkaido. In winter, after the sunset, the pond and the larch and Japanese white birch trees coming out of its frozen, snow-covered surface are showered by surreal blue and white illumination. The pond was built in 1989 by Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau as part of an erosion control system to stop mud flow into the town of Biei in case of an eruption of nearby Mount Tokachidake. This mysterious landscape suddenly became famous among international travelers after this cobalt blue pond was featured in one of the … Continue reading

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【News】New uses for logs from thinning of forests – Umaji, Kochi Prefecture (Jan. 15, 2017)

The village of Umaji in Kochi Prefecture has managed to put on track the business of creating unique items from cedar logs that come out as a result of forest thinning. Ecoasu, a joint public-private venture enterprise which is working on revitalizing the forestry industry in the district, is engaged in the whole process from thinning forests to manufacturing products. The firm’s top selling product is “monacca,” wooden bags created from wood slices. Logs are first sliced into 0.5-mm-thin sheets. Then six sheets are glued together, molded into the shape of a bag with a pressing tool and are completed after fasteners are sewn on and coating is done. The … Continue reading

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