Rokudenashi Takuboku

Rokudenashi Takuboku"Rokudenashi Takuboku" (No-goodnik Takuboku), a play inspired by the short life of poet Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912), who died at 27, runs through Feb. 13 at Theater Brava in Osaka.

This new production is written and directed by Koki Mitani, who was fascinated by the conflicting accounts of the poet's reputation.

Eco Friendly Taxi Stand Osaka

Nissan Leaf TaxiA 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

Grave of IeyasuTokugawa 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.

Mizuno Tadakuni

Mizuno TadakuniMizuno Tadakuni (July 19, 1794 - March 12, 1851) was a daimy? during late-Edo period Japan, who later served as chief senior councilor (R?j?) in service to the Tokugawa Shogunate. He is remembered for having instituted the Tenpo Reform

Mizuno Tadakuni was the second son of Mizuno Tadaaki, the daimy? of Karatsu Domain. As his elder brother died at an early age, Tadakuni became heir in 1805 and was presented to Shogun Tokugawa Ienari and future Shogun Tokugawa Ieyoshi in a formal audience in 1807.

Hosokawa Gracia

Hosokawa GraciaHosokawa Tama , usually referred to as Hosokawa Garasha , (1563 - August 25 (17th day of the 7th month by the Japanese calendar), 1600) was a Christian convert, a daughter of Akechi Mitsuhide and the wife of Hosokawa Tadaoki.

She was named Tama at birth; Garasha, the name she is known by in history, is taken from her baptismal name, Gracia.

Osaka Develops Holiday Food For Elderly

Osaka develops holiday food for elderlyThe sumptuous New Year's meal known as "osechi" packaged in ornate boxes is meant to appeal to the taste buds as well as give the diner a sense of good luck for the year ahead.

For example, kazunoko (pickled herring row) is meant as a bounty of offspring while boiled shrimp promotes longevity.

Try 'udon' For True Taste Of Japan

Ayao OkumuraA Japanese culinary expert is adamant that thick "udon" noodles so beloved in Japan originated in this country, not China.

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.

The Number House

The Number HouseThis is a mass-produced type ready-built house often developed on a large scale, and as such, has the advantage of producing entire housing of rows.

In many cases, as the appearance is coordinated at the designation of the owner, rows of houses that do not necessity match esthetically are created.

World Trade Center (osaka)

Osaka World Trade CenterThe Osaka World Trade Center Building , or WTC Cosmo Tower , is the tallest building in Osaka, and the second-tallest building in Japan.

It is the same height as the Rinku Gate Tower Building in Rinku Town, located in Nanko Cosmo Square near the Osaka harbor, Suminoe-ku, Osaka.