Horse Mackerel And Veggies, And Crisp Crackers Of Deep-fried Bones

Horse mackerel and veggies, and crisp crackers of deep-fried bones

"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.

One Ok Rock's Tomoya Announces Marriage

ONE OK ROCK's Tomoya announces marriage

ONE OK ROCK drummer Tomoya is now a married man! 

Tomoya made the big announcement via his official Instagram account. "While building a happy family, I will do my best as ONE OK ROCK's drummer! Please continue to support me," he commented. 

Fukushima May Get Rice Variant That Absorbs Less Radiation

Fukushima may get rice variant that absorbs less radiation

TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--A new type of the famed Koshihikari rice strain that absorbs just half as much radioactive cesium as the regular variety may be grown in Fukushima Prefecture.

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization hopes to introduce it into the prefecture as part of efforts to dispel lingering negative publicity after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster of 2011.

1,000 Muddied People Compete At 'gatalympics' In Saga

1,000 muddied people compete at 'Gatalympics' in Saga

KASHIMA, Saga Prefecture--About a thousand people got plastered in mud from head to toe during an outlandish athletic festival held on the tidal flat of the Ariake Sea here on June 11.

About 30,000 people cheered the mud-spattered participants who slid through the sludge on boards and swung over it on ropes like Tarzan among other peculiar activities.

Japenese Car Culture Meets Anime In The Bizarre Splendor Of Itasha

Japenese Car Culture Meets Anime In The Bizarre Splendor Of Itasha

Want to see another kind of car culture? Head to Japan, because the island nation is just packed with them – from blinged-out drift cars and Bosozoku aero kits to Dekotora trucks... and Itasha, the focus of this video from Noriyaro.

Though the term originally applied to Italian cars, by now it's come to take on a different meaning altogether. You have to see it to even begin to understand it, but it basically comes down to the automotive manifestation of anime.

Jal Upgrades In-flight Services, Equipment To Woo Foreign Fliers

JAL upgrades in-flight services, equipment to woo foreign fliers

By Etsuo Kono / Japan News staff writer Japan Airlines Co. is accelerating efforts to upgrade its in-flight services, as well as equipment used on medium-haul international flights. The carrier is particularly focusing on routes to Hawaii and Southeast Asia, because of the increasing number of international tourists traveling on these routes.

The airline's refurbished fleet of eleven Boeing 777-200ER aircraft — dubbed "JAL Sky Suite" to reflect the higher level of comfort and services offered — began flying in July last year. The refurbished planes now include fully reclining seats with direct access to aisles in business class.

City In Fukushima Hopes Cool 'ramen Ice Cream' Treat Will Get Warm Reception

City in Fukushima hopes cool 'ramen ice cream' treat will get warm reception

KITAKATA, Fukushima -- A tourist facility in this city known as a holy grail for ramen has hatched a new plan to attract hungry tourists: "ramen ice cream."

The unique treat is sold at the Kitakata Ramen Jinja (shrine) & Ramen Museum in the city, home to a version of the noodle dish revered as one of Japan's top three. The icy version comes in a cup containing soft-serve ice cream made to look like noodles and topped with "naruto," a famous pink and white sliced fish cake, made from rice cakes. The soy sauce flavor is true to the original, and the shop recommends topping the treat with black pepper or chives.

Yubari Melon Lovers Out Of Luck After Hokkaido Feeding Frenzy

Yubari melon lovers out of luck after Hokkaido feeding frenzy

YUBARI, Hokkaido--A restaurant's melon offer proved too appealing, and dozens of diners waited in line in a fruitless effort for dessert.

Melon no Terrace, located in the city's Takinoue district, issued an apology on its June 6 opening day for underestimating the voracious appetite for the famed Yubari melons.

Mother's Deep-fried Tofu Dumpling Gets Taste Buds Dance

Mother's deep-fried tofu dumpling gets taste buds dance

Tomi Matsuba has been advocating a "lifestyle with roots" from Iwami Ginzan, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Oda, Shimane Prefecture.

The 67-year-old designer of the clothing brand Gungendo also renovates traditional-style old houses and writes books emphasizing the wisdom of time-honored ways of life.

Lisa's In And Around Tokyo: Tomigaya--for Chocolate, It Hits The Sweet Spot Every Time

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Tomigaya--For chocolate, it hits the sweet spot every time

Such mysterious names! Bamboo Shoot's Village, Mushroom's Rural Settlement and Small Branch? And, English names that give no hint of the product, like Look, Black Thunder and Koala's March?

Well, Choco Baby, Pocky, and Toppo lend a little connection to its naming as you might be able to imagine the outline of the product. Tirol chocolate? Now we're getting somewhere--finally, a name that conjures up a connection. The Swiss are famous for consuming about 10 kilograms of chocolate per person each year. Wait, the Tirol Alps are in Austria. Well, close enough.

June Flowers And Showers

June flowers and showers

The Yomiuri Shimbun Japanese irises are in full bloom as visitors stroll in the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, on Wednesday, when the Japan Meteorological Agency announced the rainy season likely started for the Shikoku, Chugoku, Kinki, Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions. Compared to an average year, the season arrived on time in the Chugoku and Kinki regions, two days late in the Shikoku region and a day early in the Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions.

'onigiri' Made With Rice Cooked On Venerable Wood Stove

'Onigiri' made with rice cooked on venerable wood stove

A trip to the Omori district of Oda, Shimane Prefecture, will make you feel as if you have slipped back in time. The streets lined with old-style houses are nestled deep in verdant mountains.

Omori, with a population of 400, is part of the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape that entered the limelight when it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site 10 years ago.

Oishii / Wrapper's Delights: Onigiri Rice Balls With A Basted Beef Coating

OISHII / Wrapper's delights: onigiri rice balls with a basted beef coatingNow that early summer is upon us, cooking expert Hatsue Shigenobu introduces a simple recipe for onigiri rice balls wrapped in meat. You use sushi vinegared rice mixed with Japanese pickles to make the onigiri rice balls, which are wrapped in beef. You then pour sauce over the top and cook them. The light and refreshing flavor of sushi rice and the salty-sweet taste of the meat are well balanced. It is also a filling dish.