Wild Boars Processed Into Raw Ham On Remote Island

Wild boars processed into raw ham on remote island

Hunters in Kamijima, Ehime Prefecture, are taking steps to sell the meat of wild boars that were killed because they damage agricultural products in the town.

In August, an association of local hunters began selling raw ham made from wild boars to businesses, as part of measures implemented by the town and prefectural governments to cope with the harmful animals. The raw ham is the first processed product of its kind in this endeavor.

Zoom Up / 'eye In The Sky' Aids Rice Farmers

Zoom Up / 'Eye in the sky' aids rice farmers

By Ryohei Moriya / Yomiuri Shimbun PhotographerThe gentle sound of propellers can be heard as a drone flies over rice fields that are beginning to turn yellow. Its altitude, speed and route are all preprogrammed.

Ichikawa Farm in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, flies a small drone during cultivation of its pesticide-free rice about once a month. A special camera attached to the drone, which is flown 60 meters above the paddies, can capture near-infrared images and takes more than 1,000 pictures on each flight. The farm can check crop growing conditions based on computer analysis of the images.

Japanese Man Invents "coffee" Made Entirely Of Garlic

Japanese man invents

"Garlic coffee" can be a boon to coffee-loving pregnant women abstaining from it as a man in northeastern Japan invented the drink that looks and tastes like coffee but is made up entirely of locally grown garlic.

"My drink is probably the world's first of its kind," said 74-year-old Yokitomo Shimotai, who was a coffee shop owner in Aomori Prefecture. "It contains no caffeine so it's good for those who would like to drink coffee at night or pregnant women."

Takayama's Unesco-listed Autumn Festival Dazzles Crowds

Takayama's UNESCO-listed autumn festival dazzles crowds

TAKAYAMA, Gifu Prefecture--The Autumn Takayama Festival reached its climax here on Oct. 10, having dazzled crowds of visitors over two days with a display of lavishly decorated floats.

Takayama city officials said that about 220,000 sightseers visited the autumn festival, or Hachiman Matsuri, this year to watch the 11 "yatai" floats in a procession leading to Hachimanjinja shrine.

Japanese Food Fair Opens In Chiba

Japanese food fair opens in Chiba

Japanese companies are pitching food products at a trade fair in Chiba City, near Tokyo, with the aim of expanding their shipments abroad.

The event that opened on Wednesday is part of efforts to achieve a government export goal. The government aims to expand exports of agricultural and food products by more than 30 percent to 1 trillion yen, or about 8.9 billion dollars, by 2019.

Sushi Salmon Noodle Bowl

Sushi salmon noodle bowlFor a good source of protein and fibre try this deliciously easy salmon and noodle bowl.

2 spring onions, thinly sliced lengthways
200g frozen edamame or broad beans
270g pkt soba noodles, cooked following packet directions
1 carrot, peeled, cut into matchsticks
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1 cucumber, thinly sliced diagonally
360g Sushi Salmon

Rice Harvested Near Fukushima Accident Site

Rice harvested near Fukushima accident site

A farmer in a town near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has harvested rice for the 1st time since the 2011 accident.

Noboru Watanabe harvested the crop from his paddy in the town of Tomioka on Monday, with local officials looking on.

Autumn Festival Starts In Takayama

Autumn festival starts in Takayama

An autumn festival featuring dazzling floats has begun in the central Japanese city of Takayama.

On Monday morning, all 11 floats were taken out of warehouses and moved to the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shinto Shrine at the center of the highland city in Gifu Prefecture.

Traditional Rocket Festival In Chichibu

Traditional rocket festival in Chichibu

People in Chichibu, a city north of Tokyo, launched hand-made rockets on Sunday to express their gratitude for the season's harvest.

The annual festival, held in a mountainous region of the city, dates back several centuries. The rockets, described as dragons, are made from hollowed pine tree logs.

A Taste Of Italy In Miso Soup With Tomatoes And Powdered Cheese

A taste of Italy in miso soup with tomatoes and powdered cheese

Cherry tomatoes and powdered cheese in miso soup may take some by surprise, and all the more so if the process begins by cooking "shimeji" mushrooms in water instead of making soup stock with dried kelp.

"These ingredients happen to release the umami (savory) elements," says Sally Hiramatsu, the 28-year-old "science-based cooking expert," who has a talent for conveying the mechanisms of how tastiness comes about through cooking from a scientific perspective.

Asahi Breweries To Raise Beer Prices For First Time In Decade

Asahi Breweries to raise beer prices for first time in decade

Asahi Breweries Ltd. will raise the price of beer delivered mainly to bars and restaurants by about 10 percent in March 2018, the company's first price hike since 2008.

The increase will apply to bottles and barrels of the flagship Asahi Super Dry and other labels sold to wholesalers. The price for beer in cans will remain unchanged.

Giant Mooncake Served In Yokohama Chinatown

Giant mooncake served in Yokohama Chinatown

People in Yokohama's Chinatown have been treated to a giant mooncake to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival.

A local hotel bakes the huge traditional delicacy each year. Chinese folklore says eating mooncakes in the evening of the harvest festival brings good luck.

Photo Journal: Golden Harvest

Photo Journal: Golden harvest

Maidens at Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka's Hakata Ward use chopsticks to collect fallen gingko nuts during the "Ginan otoshi" (falling gingko nut) ritual on Oct. 4, 2017. The nuts, which are a vivid yellow on the inside, are from the roughly 22-meter-tall "Meoto ginan" (husband and wife gingko) tree that stands next to the shrine's main hall. Shrine staff use bamboo poles to shake the nuts free of the giant tree's branches to be collected and then presented as an offering to the shrine's deity. (Mainichi)