A shot from "Kamen Rider Drive," with the masked superhero standing in front of his supercar, "Tridoron." ((c) 2014 Ishimori Pro., TV Asahi, ADK, Toei)
'Kamen Rider Drive' appeals to all ages with supercar stunts
The latest installment of “Kamen Rider” is a dramatic departure from the live-action TV series that has thrilled sci-fi fans for more than four decades.
A silk body towel and soap that contains silk ingredients (Choi Chae-soo)
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Traditional silk-weaving methods used to create body towel, soap
Editor’s note: This series showcases “omiyage” (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce “must-buy” items available at prefecture-operated shops in Tokyo that promote local tourism products. The series appears on Saturdays.
Seiichi Yasuda in Osaka's Abeno Ward in November. In the food delivery rack are his "hakoniwa" miniature landscapes. (Sachi Otsuta)
Osaka diorama artist delivers majestic landscapes in small packages
OSAKA--The boxes are just 20 centimeter squares that are 6 cm high, but the landscapes tucked inside them present views as grand as the real thing.
Funahashi-ya offers Fuku-daruma biscuits with various faces. (Erina Ito)
KYOTO GOES KAWAII: Snack shop's expressive daruma biscuits combine flavor, fun
Editor's note: This series showcases what we are calling "kawaii" (cute) items made locally in the iconic Japanese city.
Author Atsuko Asano shows off her book, "Green Green," in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture. (Takuya Nishie)
Agricultural manga, novels about teenage farmers sprouting up all over Japan
Set at an agricultural high school in the mountains, the novel "Green Green" depicts the fictional lives of students who grow their own vegetables and raise pigs and goats.
Rows and rows of pickled vegetables are displayed in front of the Uchida Tsukemono shop along the Nishikikoji shopping arcade in Kyoto. (Louis Templado)
JAPAN'S ORGANIC FOODS: Kyoto picklers preserve old methods, offer new ways to enjoy pickles
Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a six-part series focusing on Japan's organic foods, produced by such traditional techniques as fermentation.
A worker confits filleted mackerel in "gyo-shoyu" in a facility of Otaru Kaiyosuisan Co. in Otaru, Hokkaido, on Oct. 31. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: Savory fish sauce in northern Japan tickles taste buds
Editor’s note: Hokkaido is attracting attention for its world-class food items. This series introduces readers to delicious foods from the northern Japanese island and the people there who are producing these wonderful products. The series appears every other Saturday.
(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)
ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurray
Cup of tea; Qingdao my birthplace first visit
Zhu Shangyi shows off ekiben lunchboxes that are sold inside Shinkansen trains at JR Tokyo Station in November. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
Taiwanese couple publish guide to Shinkansen 'ekiben' lunchboxes
There are just no boundaries for true train buffs.
A wide variety of pickles are available at Kukiya. (Masaki Yamamoto)
KYOTO GOES KAWAII: Kukiya offers naturally fermented Kyoto-style pickles
Editor's note: This series showcases what we are calling "kawaii" (cute) items made locally in the iconic Japanese city.
Various examples of homemade miso are displayed in small jars for students to compare at the Japan Fermented Food Culture Association located in Meguro Ward, Tokyo. (Louis Templado)
JAPAN'S ORGANIC FOODS: It's not easy making homemade miso worth bragging about
Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a six-part series focusing on Japan's organic foods, produced by such traditional techniques as fermentation. The final installment will appear on Dec. 17.
A computer-graphics 3-D image of Edo Castle (Provided by Kinki Nippon Tourist Co.)
3-D virtual reality tour takes visitors back to Tokyo of Edo Period
Visitors to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics can see Japan's capital as it looked centuries ago through the magic of Seiko Epson Corp.'s smart glasses and a special sightseeing trip developed by a tourist agency.
Sunstar Inc.’s new app and special sensor attached to toothbrushes allow smartphone users to brush their teeth while playing games. (Provided by Sunstar Inc.)
App lets toothbrush haters play games, clean teeth
To encourage children to brush their teeth, toiletries manufacturer Sunstar Inc. has developed a smartphone app that allows users to simultaneously kill monsters and plaque.
Masaru Terada, the 24th-generation head of the Terada Honke sake brewery in Kozaki, Chiba Prefecture, samples this winter's brew in progress. (Louis Templado)
JAPAN'S ORGANIC FOODS: Sake brewery wins by going against the grain
Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a six-part series focusing on Japan's organic foods, produced by such traditional techniques as fermentation. This series appears on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
"Itasha" cars adorned with stickers of cute anime girls gather at the Daikoku Futo parking area in Yokohama on Oct. 18. (Kaoriko Okuda)
'Itasha' cars decorated with images of anime girls drive up Japan's cute quotient
YOKOHAMA--Like any typical car buff, "itasha" enthusiasts love showing off their decked-out rides.
Photographers snap a shot of Alex Chan and his wife, Jacqueline, against a traditional Kyoto backdrop. (Moeka Moriizumi)
Group arranges wedding photos for foreign couples seeking Kyoto backdrop
KYOTO--Dressed in colorful kimono, Alex and Jacqueline Chan of Hong Kong recently lived out their dream of having a "photo wedding" in this ancient capital.
Ushio Amagatsu wears the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal at the French Embassy in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Jan. 9. (Shohko Fujisaki)
France decorates 'butoh' choreographer Amagatsu with highest honor
Japanese choreographer Ushio Amagatsu was bestowed France's highest honor for artists on Jan. 9 for his contributions to the fields of art and culture.
"Shiro-tamari," shown on the left, is light colored and can be used for dipping sashimi and in making broths. On the right is "koikuchi" soy sauce, the most common variety in Japan. (Provided by Nitto Jozo)
JAPAN'S ORGANIC FOODS: Brewer goes back to basics but can't call his product soy sauce
Editor’s note: This is the third of a six-part series focusing on Japan's organic foods, produced by such traditional techniques as fermentation. This series will appear on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
"Gofuku daruma" (five lucky daruma) dolls, representing the five colors of the Olympic rings (Choi Chae-soo)
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: ‘Daruma’ good luck dolls come in 5 colors of Olympic rings
Editor’s note: This series showcases “omiyage” (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce “must-buy” items available at prefecture-operated shops in Tokyo that promote local tourism products. The series appears on Saturdays.
Sea bream-shaped soaps from Tamanohada Soap Corp. (Maiko Ito)
CRAFTED IN TOKYO: Soap maker offers fish-shaped bar for good fortune
Editor's note: This series showcases cool and special souvenirs made in Japan's capital of Tokyo, formerly known as Edo.

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