Growing Lovable Small Trees

Bonsai (tray cultivation) is a type of cultivation that was born in China and brought to Japan during the Heian period (794 ~ 1192). With bonsai, you grow plants in containers of varying widths, usually measuring 30 or 50 centimeters (cm). At the bonsai shop Midoriya Nicogusa in Kumagaya City, Saitama Prefecture, they mainly sell […]


Alcohol-free Drinks Have Become the Norm

Alcohol-free drinks are now a firm fixture in Japan because they don’t give you a hangover and, by consuming them, those who have a low tolerance for alcohol don’t have to be afraid of ruining the atmosphere at boozy get-togethers. The reason why alcohol-free drinks are now so popular is that the police are now […]

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AZUMINO, NAGANO:Where Crystal Clear Water Runs

Actor TERAO Akira’s anonymous character wanders through the peaceful countryside along a calm, crystal clear river, coming upon several quietly turning watermills. Children, dressed as if from a time long past, pick flowers and walk by. This serene scene, from “Yume” (Dreams), the 29th film of Japan’s most renowned director KUROSAWA Akira, is the last […]

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