The Yomiuri ShimbunNARA — The 69th Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures gives visitors the opportunity to admire many artifacts from the vast collection of the repository in Nara. The collection was begun more than 1,000 years ago, and all the treasures have been preserved in remarkably good condition. Many pieces were made by highly skilled craftspeople and feature details that originated in regions along the Silk Road.
The exhibition will be held at the Nara National Museum from Oct. 28 to Nov. 13. Fifty-eight works, including 10 items to be on show at the annual event for the first time, will be on display.
Beside its core business, Tanita Corp. operates a franchise of eateries that center on healthy low-calorie, low-salt lunches for those who are keen to lose weight.
Tanita is a household name when it comes to the manufacture of weight scales and body-composition analyzers that measure the percentage of a person's body fat.
An offbeat baby shower gift evoking one of Japan's most famous culinary exports has become a popular seller since hitting the market.
Combining white nappies as "rice" and pink bibs as "shrimp" topping, "diaper sushi" are attracting non-stop orders for seller Wire Mama, a childcare information magazine publisher in the western Japan city of Tokushima.
"Ryukyu," the leaf stalk of "hasuimo" (colocasia gigantea), is a summer vegetable of Kochi Prefecture. Considering that the Ryukyu Islands are a southern chain that includes Okinawa, one might ask, "Why is ryukyu in Kochi?"
According to legend, it was introduced from Okinawa, and the name took root in Kochi.
By Michiyo Horike / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterARITA, Saga — Soba-choko ceramic cups usually hold sauce to dip soba noodles in, but they're actually much more versatile thanks to their simple shape and various motifs.
People who have rediscovered these qualities are using them in a variety of ways, including serving ice cream and coffee, and decorating their homes.
The Yomiuri ShimbunIn the world of yakuzen medicinal cuisine, tofu is categorized as a food that "cools down the body." Hiyayakko cold tofu is a typical dish in which to enjoy this product, but increasing your repertoire will help you better remove heat from your body. Cook Hiromi Takeuchi, who holds the qualification of international Chinese medical dietitian, shares cool tofu recipes.
Takeuchi explained the reason tofu is suited to surviving hot days. "In the world of Chinese medicinal cuisine, the characteristics of foods are classified into five categories — cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot. Tofu, which is included in the cool category, is said to have the effect of removing heat from the body," she said.