"Discarding things is all the rage, but I don't throw things away. I want to see them live out their lives," says Tomi Matsuba, the 67-year-old designer for the Gungendo clothing brand.
The Iwami Ginzan lifestyle research institute that she runs is located amid farmland in the Omori district of Oda, Shimane Prefecture. The area is known as home to the former Iwami Ginzan silver mine.
Japan's tourism authorities are baffled. The number of overseas tourists is increasing to new all-time highs, but that rise is not necessarily reflected in the number of foreign customers staying at hotels or Japanese-style ryokan inns.
So where are they all going?
Nishino Kana has revealed the jacket artwork for her new single "Girls" that's scheduled to be released on July 26.
The singer's 31st single was written as the theme song for adventure game 'Layton Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy'. On the lyrics, Nishino commented, "I wrote this as a 'cheering song for girls' while imagining women who are intensely doing their best." To match the image of this song, she chopped off over 30cm of her hair.
AKB48 Team 8 member Hamamatsu Riona is graduating from the group.
This announcement was made by Hamamatsu herself on June 12 during SHOWROOM's program 'AKB48 Team 8 Tokubetsu Haishin Room'. On the reason for her graduation, she wrote on Team 8's official website, "I've always felt it was important to 'evolve' every day. I felt that the time has come for me to take a step and move forward in my one and only life. From now on with my English skills as my weapon, I hope to widen my activities by challenging myself to acting and talento work."
It's been revealed that Utada Hikaru will release a digital single in early summer. This will be her first release since transferring to EPIC Record Japan.
Back in February, Utada had announced that she would be moving to Sony Music's EPIC Record Japan. Details on the upcoming single will be unveiled in the coming days.
Spitz have released the PV for their song "Heavy Mellow" via YouTube.
"Heavy Mellow" can be found in the band's single collection "CYCLE HIT 1991-2017 Spitz Complete Single Collection -30th Anniversary BOX-" to be released on July 5. It's currently available for download via iTunes Store and Recochoku.