Man of many talents Shingo Katori, formerly of male idol group SMAP, unveiled two artworks he produced for French luxury goods brand Cartier in Tokyo's Roppongi district.
Katori, 40, produced the artworks for the "Tank 100" limited-time gallery celebrating the opening of Cartier's new shop at the Roppongi Hills complex in the capital's Minato Ward on Oct. 28.
An Indonesian meat distributor is importing Japanese "wagyu" beef, long banned in the Southeast Asian country, in cooperation with the Japan External Trade Organization to test the local market dominated by the same breed from Australia.
Johana Koswara, managing director of PT. Global Pratama Wijaya, said her company has imported more than 1.2 tons of "Omi Hime Wagyu" from western Japan as initial shipments during a six-month trial period from July to December this year. Indonesia lifted an import ban on Japanese beef last year.
Popular figure skating anime, “Yuri!!! on ICE” is now the theme of an official seichi junrei (holy pilgrimage) tour guiding fans around spots featured on the award winning anime, set in Kyushu, southwestern Japan.
Organizers TASCI TOURS, who are operated by Avex Travel Creative, are running the collaboration tours in conjunction with the event, “Saga!!! on ICE”, taking place in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in November. Tour participants will be taken to the main spots featured on the anime series with single-day and two-day itineraries available.
A special treat awaits diners before they start eating their food at Yukiko Ishimura's cafe and restaurant in Nara city.
The plates and bowls used for the servings, made with local ingredients, are part of a collection that Ishimura built through purchases at exhibitions held nationwide as well as workshops of ceramic artists.
The Yomiuri ShimbunRed poinsettias fill a greenhouse at Kawate Noen farm in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday. The farm has started shipments for the Christmas season and expects the peak to be around Nov. 20. About 5,000 pots are expected to be shipped to the Tokyo metropolitan area, according to the farm.
ICHIHARA, Chiba Prefecture--Charming train stations that blend in with idyllic countryside scenery and which have helped the railroad become an integral part of local communities have won Kominato Railway Co. a 2017 Good Design Award.
The Ichihara-based company, which operates a local line passing through the city and other areas, won praise from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion in October for its design concept for the stations.