A western Japanese city known for a loach-scooping comic dance is gearing up to cash in on a rare opportunity to promote tourism after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's remark on the mud-loving fish brought the city of just 43,000 unexpected into the limelight.
Design Festa is a biannual international art event, and everyone can exhibit as long as it is original. This year, 8,500 artists will be exhibiting, buying and selling their works in a variety of mediums at more than 3,000 booths at Tokyo Big Sight.
A Japanese culinary expert is adamant that thick "udon" noodles so beloved in Japan originated in this country, not China.
Ayao Okumura, a food expert specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine, recently released "Nihon Menshoku Bunka no Sensanbyakunen" (The 1,300 years of noodle-eating culture in Japan) from the Rural Culture Association Japan.