Rice has been planted in a town hosting the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for the first time since evacuation orders were partially lifted early last month.
Orders for all districts of the town of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture were issued following the 2011 accident. They were lifted for two districts on April 10.
Although it was not quite in season yet, the freshly parboiled bamboo shoot tasted amazingly sweet. The subtle tang in the aftertaste suggested the arrival of spring.
Rice cooked with large pieces of bamboo shoots, complete with the vivid young leaf buds of Japanese pepper, is also a feast for the eyes.
A giant rice cake has been placed at a shrine north of Tokyo to pray for a good harvest and the safety of the region in the coming year.
People in the town of Takanezawa, Tochigi Prefecture, observe the ritual every year. The three-layer rice cake weighs about 700 kilograms and is 90 centimeters high. The lowest layer is more than a meter wide.
Shonan no Kaze member RED RICE has announced the birth of his first child.
While being active as a member of Shonan no Kaze, RED RICE has made guest appearances in other artist's works, such as Aoyama Thelma and Yusuke. He's also been acting since 2011. He married a non-celebrity woman in March of 2014.
Of the 110 pupils who attend Fukasawa Mill Nursery School in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, nine have food allergies, from the "big three" of flour, eggs and milk, to nuts and kiwi.
At the nursery school, the kitchen staff chooses the ingredients and recipes carefully so that everyone can eat the same school lunch as much as possible.
Besides teaching Japanese cuisine in Tokyo's Akasaka district, Naoyuki Yanagihara frequents libraries to read documents from the Edo Period (1603-1867). He believes that studying the originality and ingenuity of his forerunners will show him the path he should take.
"I try to learn the changes in the ingredients and cooking procedures and make use of them today," the 39-year-old cooking expert says.
By Yoko Tsujimoto / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterOSAKA — You don't have to have a rice cooker these days, particularly if you want just one bowl, as there are single portions available at convenience stores and pre-cooked packs that just need to be microwaved. Nonetheless, small rice cookers are selling well among people who want to eat just one serving of fresh steamed rice.
The Poddi rice cooker sold by Shinmei Kitchen Co., a rice-polishing company in Kobe, does not look like a rice cooker. It's small enough to be carried in one hand. It measures 15.5 centimeters wide, 19.7 centimeters high and 18 centimeters deep and weighs 1.35 kilograms. It comes in seven colors such as pink, yellow and green.
WAJIMA, Ishikawa Prefecture--Shiroyone Senmaida, a government-designated scenic beauty site, has been lit up after sunset with about 21,000 LED lights to turn the famous terraced rice paddies into a magical wonderland against the backdrop of the Sea of Japan.
This year marks the seventh "Aze no Kirameki" (twinkling of the ridges) event organized by the city government and other parties to attract visitors during the winter months. The event runs until March 11.