Set in the Ryukyu Kingdom (now Okinawa Prefecture) in the closing years of the Edo Period (1603-1867), the story describes the power struggle between Japan and China's Qing Dynasty as both attempt to put the islands under their control.
This new production is written and directed by Koki Mitani, who was fascinated by the conflicting accounts of the poet's reputation.
A stand for eco-friendly taxis such as electric vehicles and hybrid cars opened Monday at JR Osaka Station. The facility is said to be the first eco-friendly taxi stand serving a train station, but due apparently to low public recognition, no passengers were seen using the stand when it began operation at 7 a.m.
Tokugawa Ieyasu ( January 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616) was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan which ruled from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Ieyasu seized power in 1600, received appointment as shogun in 1603, abdicated from office in 1605, but remained in power until his death in 1616. His given name is sometimes spelled Iyeyasu, according to the historical pronunciation of we.
Ayao Okumura, a food expert specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine, recently released "Nihon Menshoku Bunka no Sensanbyakunen" (The 1,300 years of noodle-eating culture in Japan) from the Rural Culture Association Japan.