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【News】Our No no Ikebana: “Use whole vegetable for dynamic expression” says Takako Hashimoto from Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture(Apr. 7, 2017)

Takako Hashimoto, a 62-year-old No no Ikebana artist from Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture, talks about how thoroughly she enjoys No no Ikebana. “I use whole vegetables from stems to leaves to make my arrangements lively and energetic. Take sweet potatoes for example. By using leaves and vines which are turning yellow, I can describe how they grow in the field.” “I also enjoy working with friends. This is the arrangement for the general meeting of the female group of an agricultural cooperative of Sakura Koriyama region in Fukushima Prefecture (JA Fukushima Sakura Koriyama Region) and I made it with the members of the female group. The main character is a … Continue reading

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【News】Colorful “kimigara” slippers made of corn husks gaining popularity (March 19, 2017)

Slippers made by women of farms in Aomori Prefecture using dried corn husks are recently becoming popular as they are colorful, light and do not become stuffy. The slippers, named “kimigara” from an Aomori dialect “kimi” meaning corn and “kara” meaning husks, are the traditional craftwork handed down in Towada, Aomori, for women to work on during the off-season. Husks of dent corn for feed are dried, and a group of 18 local women tear them and braid them into slippers. Skills are necessary to create slippers of same sizes entirely by hand, and one person can only make one pair of slippers a day. The group makes about 100 … Continue reading

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【News】Big colorful balloons lift off in Ojiya city, Niigata Prefecture (Mar. 5, 2017)

A couple of dozens of big colorful balloons flew high up in the air over the snow-covered rice fileds in the Chuetsu area of Niigata Prefecture. This year’s Ojiya Balloon Festival, the 41st one in its long history, was held on February 25 and 26, 2017, in Ojiya city, Niigata Prefecture. Visitors to the annual winter festival were invited to have a brief ride on a balloon offered by a local agricultural cooperative and to enjoy watching the skills of balloon operators competing in an amateur hot air balloon competition over the snowfield called “the Sea of Japan Cross Country Championship”. The venue for the winter hot air balloon race … Continue reading

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【News】No no IKEBANA: Improving presentation skill                               (5) Follow your heart and enjoy your arrangement (Mar. 3, 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.> No no Ikebana is something that stirs your imagination. To me, all vegetables look like cute animals, so I make penguins from egg plants and monkeys from chestnuts to include them in my arrangements. When I found Japanese radishes and carrots with two legs, I gave them headbands and put them in a row … Continue reading

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【News】Try this new ancient-looking sweet gift from Chino, Nagano Prefecture! (Mar. 1, 2017)

Many say they are too good to eat. They look exactly like the two national treasure “dogu” clay figurines produced during the Jomon Period and unearthed from Chino, Nagano Prefecture, but they are “yokan,” traditional Japanese sweet bean paste jellies, prepared by a long-established local confectioner based on the idea of local university students. The edible dogu are called “Kokuho Shio Yokan (National Treasure Salty Yokan)” and already popular. Baigetsu, the 90-year-old local confectioner, created the dogu-shaped yokan in two types: one in the shape of “Jomon no Venus (the Venus of Jomon)” and the other in the shape of “Kamen no Megami (the Masked Goddess)”. They are approximately 8 … Continue reading

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