The renovated space in front of JR Tokyo Station was unveiled in its full glory on Dec. 7, displaying a grandeur more commonly associated with palaces than transport hubs.
The 19,000-square-meter area in front of the station's Marunouchi building, in the heart of the capital's commercial district, had been undergoing renovation work in a joint project between East Japan Railway Co. and the Tokyo metropolitan government since August 2014.
The car culture in Japan is unlike anywhere else in the world, filled with locally-produced sports cars, the latest and greatest supercars, and a tuning industry that’s more prolific than anywhere else on earth.
On a recent trip to Japan, New Zealand drifting star Mad Mike decided to create a documentary highlighting Japan’s custom supercar culture and the video is well worth a watch.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is teaming up with the Reconstruction Agency to bring delicacies from 2011 disaster-hit Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures to the table for its banquet with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Dec. 12.
It is said that many foreign travelers have strong concerns about the effects of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant caused by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in March 2011, but the Tokyo committee plans to use its many opportunities to appeal to the IOC about the safety of Fukushima products and the charm of the Tohoku region's abundant foodstuffs. A spokesperson for the Fukushima Prefectural Government said, "We would like many people to try our products, and better understand the situation in the disaster-hit areas."
The European Union on Dec. 1 eased import restrictions on farm and marine products from Japan that it tightened in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
After the catastrophe, 54 countries and regions imposed restrictions on imports of farm produce and seafood from Japan. Twenty-five countries have already lifted all restrictions.
Workers at a confectionery in Kanazawa make fukuume monaka (bean jam-filled wafers) for the New Year. Fukuume monaka come in red and white, and are modeled after the plum-flower crest of the Maeda clan, which ruled the Kaga domain during the Edo period (1603-1867). The sweets are an essential element of New Year's in Kanazawa.
By Sanae Nokura / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterAdults can now enjoy powdered milk products just for them, presented in similar packages to those for babies but featuring a wide range of nutrients and various flavors. Powdered milk geared toward adults appears to be most popular among health-conscious middle-aged and elderly people, who drink it with their daily meals.
"I mix it with [ordinary] milk," said a company executive in his 40s in Minato Ward, Tokyo. "It tastes richer."