Iriya Asagao Matsuri (morning Glory Festival)

Iriya Asagao Matsuri (Morning Glory Festival)Iriya Asagao Matsuri, held from July 6 to 8 every year, is the largest festival in Japan dedicated to morning glories. The 120 producers and 100 fair stalls that line Iriya Kishimojin—meaning Iriya’s goddess of childbirth and children, and the common name for Shingen-ji Temple—and Kototoi-dori Street attract as many as 400,000 people during the three-day period each year.
The morning glories of Iriya are said to have gained fame around the late Edo period. The flowers were initially cultivated in Okachimachi, and as times changed they switched hands to producers in Iriya. By the mid Meiji period, the Iriya breeds were so attractive that they became popular as decorative plants.

Morning Musume '14 To Release Their 2nd B-side Collection

Morning Musume '14 to release their 2nd B-side collectionMorning Musume.'14 will release their compilation album "Morning Musume.'14 Coupling Collection 2" on March 12.
The group's first B-side collection "Morning Musume. Zen Single Coupling Collection" was released back in October of 2009. Their upcoming album will be a 2-disc set featuring their singles' coupling tracks.

Nissan Leaf Will Blow Into China As The Venucia Morning Wind

Nissan Leaf will blow into ChinaThe name for the Chinese version of the all-electric Nissan Leaf has a real touchy-feely vibe to it, if you can get past the snickering. The Japanese automaker and its Chinese collaborator, Dongfeng, will sell the EV as part of the partnership's Venucia advanced-powertrain sub-brand. The companies used the recent Guangzhou Auto Show to announce that the model will be called the "Morning Wind".