Gateway To Tokyo Puts On New Face With Granite Square

Gateway to Tokyo puts on new face with granite square

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.

Photo: All Squared Away

All squared away A public square on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station opened on Thursday after renovations by East Japan Railway Co. and the Tokyo metropolitan government. Measuring 6,500 square meters, the central square portion extends to Gyoko-dori avenue, which connects to the Imperial Palace. The portion is paved primarily with white granite, with zelkova trees planted on both sides.

Not Your Average Christmas Log Cake

Not your average Christmas log cake

Customers who step into "Cake House Tsumagari" when the shop opens in the morning call out to the 66-year-old proprietor, Takashi Tsumagari, as if they were relatives.

The scene has been replayed daily for about 30 years since the shop opened.

Pink Bush Cricket Stands Out In Greenery Of Shizuoka Park

Pink bush cricket stands out in greenery of Shizuoka park

IWATA, Shizuoka Prefecture--An extremely rare and new addition to an insect observation park here clearly didn't have camouflage in mind when it was found hiding in green foliage.

The critter that is causing such a stir is a pink bush cricket, also known as long-horned grasshopper.

Japan's Supercar Culture Is Unlike Anywhere Else

Japan's Supercar Culture Is Unlike Anywhere Else

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.

Delicacies From Disaster-hit Areas On The Menu For Tokyo Ioc Banquet

Delicacies from disaster-hit areas on the menu for Tokyo IOC banquet

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."

Eu Eases Curbs On Imports Of Fukushima Rice And Seafood

EU eases curbs on imports of Fukushima rice and seafood

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.

Photo Journal: Autumnal Avenue

Photo Journal: Autumnal avenue

Visitors admire autumn-colored leaves as they walk along Inui Street on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, on Dec. 2, 2017. The road was opened to the public on Dec. 2 for the first time in 18 months, and will remain open daily until Dec. 10. (Mainichi)

Photo: Lucky Blossoms

Lucky blossoms

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.

Bento Booster / Tips For Meat-based Bento Fillers

Bento booster / Tips for meat-based bento fillers


Cooking expert Yuko Musashi offers tips on making meat-based bento lunch dishes for parents with growing children.

Musashi has twin boys. For six years when they were junior high school and high school students, making bento lunches was part of her daily routine.

Health-minded Adults Stir Trend In Powdered Milk

Health-minded adults stir trend in powdered milk

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."