(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)
ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ By David McMurray
Midnight moon/ a cow listens to the/ flowing stream
Mamemasa's "Cream Goshiki Mame" (cream-coated, five-color peanuts) (Nanako Ito)
KYOTO GOES KAWAII: Mamemasa offers 50 varieties of colorful dried bean sweets
Editor’s note: This series showcases what we are calling “kawaii” (cute) items made locally in the iconic Japanese city.
A scene from "Midorimushi wa midori desu ka? Mushi desu ka?" (Are euglenas green plants? Are they bugs?) (Provided by Kadokawa Corp.)
Microbial manga by former researcher generates big buzz
An unusual new manga series by a former researcher of microbial behavior at the Tokyo University of Agriculture's Department of Fermentation Science magnifies the lives and adventures of euglena, a genus of algae-like life forms less than 0.1 millimeter long.
A “yankii” in Fukuoka Prefecture customized this motorcycle. (Shinya Murase)
Exhibition celebrates loud, flashy, in-your-face ‘yankii’ art
FUKUYAMA, Hiroshima Prefecture--One of Japan’s subcultures, the young and rebellious punks called “yankii,” was featured in a special exhibition that was held in July at the Tomonotsu Museum here.
Bellri Zenam, the protagonist in "Gundam Reconguista in G" ((c) SOTSU・SUNRISE)
'Gundam' director sows seeds for future generations with new series
A special edition of "Gundam Reconguista in G" began a limited online streaming on Sept. 8 ahead of the new series' small screen premiere.
Ken Akamatsu (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Manga artist creates free online library of out-of-print titles
Manga fans looking for elusive hard-to-find titles are in luck.
The Gakko Bosatsu figurine (Choi Chae-soo)
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Nara Prefecture, the far eastern end of the Silk Road, is rich with Buddhist culture
Editor's note: This series showcases various kinds of "omiyage" (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce you to "must-buy" items that you can get at prefecture-operated shops for promoting local tourism products in Tokyo. The series appears on Saturdays.
Yuichi Tomohiro, who founded the TOHOK online gift shop featuring traditional small brooms and other items from the region impacted by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, right, and a staffer of the outlet (Nami Hamada)
Young people launch website featuring gift items from 3/11 disaster-hit region
After the Great East Japan Earthquake ravaged the Tohoku region, Yuichi Tomohiro immediately headed to Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, as a volunteer worker.
Candles light up the stone steps of Zojoji temple in Tokyo's Minato Ward to mark the successful campaign in 2013 to bring the 2020 Summer Olympics to the nation's capital. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Temples, castles being offered as unique rental venues for conferences
On the eve of JATA Tabihaku, Asia's largest travel industry expo, organizers hosted a massive dinner party at the unlikely venue of Zojoji temple, which dates back more than six centuries, in Tokyo's Minato Ward.
Simple dressing: a 1960s inspired dress by Louis Vuitton (Hirokazu Ohara)
Basics and then some for fall/winter fashion
There is nothing outrageous about the next crop of trends for fall/winter 2014. The maxim for the season is “everyday casual outfits with a sense of style.” It is all about looking classy without trying too hard. Simply spruce up your basic knits, leather jackets and clean cut A-line dresses by adding an overlay of sportiness or a dash of artsy inspiration. Look out for wearable quality clothes that are timeless and chic.
A sushi roll using konnyaku is served at the Tokyo Tapas Cafe in New York. (Provided by Noboru Kobayashi)
NOT A FISH CAKE: Gunma Prefecture promotes healthy ‘konnyaku’ dishes in New York
MAEBASHI--Gunma Prefecture is hoping Americans develop a craving for the jelly-like "konnyaku" (devil's tongue), a prefectural specialty, and has set up a shop at a Japanese restaurant in New York to promote it and test diners' reactions.
Yoshiyuki Oikawa harvests the "Hachiretsu" variety of corn on the cob at his farm in Mikasa, Hokkaido. (Eiji Hori)
JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: For the true taste of corn, the ‘Hachiretsu’ variety is a must
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.
A package of Ootemari Jure jelly contains a whole "unshu-mikan" orange measuring 6 centimeters in diameter. (Chae-soo Choi)
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Jelly dessert takes fruit to 'whole' new level
Editor's note: This series showcases various kinds of "omiyage" (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce you to "must-buy" items that you can get at prefecture-operated shops for promoting local tourism products in Tokyo. The series appears on Saturdays.
(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)
ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK / by David McMurray
Easy breeze--
"Watashi Bunko" bookmarks look similar to old-fashioned library check-out cards. (Mihoko Takizawa)
KYOTO GOES KAWAII: Beahouse's library check-out card bookmarks bring back school days memories
Editor's note: This series showcases what we are calling "kawaii" (cute) items made locally in the iconic Japanese city.
Dokira, a flame-emitting monster, is the new mascot of Uonuma and other places of Niigata Prefecture. (Provided by Uonuma city)
Flame monster Dokira represents past, present Uonuma
UONUMA, Niigata Prefecture--Uonuma unveiled its new monster mascot and, unlike the cute and cuddly characters that promote other municipalities, Kaen Doki Kaiju Dokira looks fearsome.
Hitoshi Kino, a professor of engineering at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology, shows off his book "Batman wa Toberuga Chakuchi Dekinai" at the university. (Kenji Miyazaki)
Robotics professor's new book examines science behind superheroes
FUKUOKA--In the world of comic books, Batman may be able to soar through the night sky with the help of his batwing cape, but he couldn't land. That's a scientific fact, according to a recent book written by a professor of robotics engineering at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology.
A scene from "Kaijin Sukereton Hakushi" where Dr. Sukereton tries to sink Japan with his artificial earthquake-triggering machine. (Provided by Komatsu Sakyo Library)
Legendary sci-fi writer Sakyo Komatsu's earliest work found in U.S. archive
OSAKA--A sci-fi adventure cartoon by the late Sakyo Komatsu when the legendary writer was still a student has turned up in a U.S. university's archives.
(C)1976, 2014 SANRIO Co. Ltd.
Hello Kitty says goodbye to cat status
Hello Kitty, Sanrio Co.’s feline-like character who has won the hearts of fans across the world with her uniquely expressionless face, has become the focus of a global controversy over whether or not she is a cat.
A parent and child have fun with Japanese-made sparklers at a fireworks event on the evening of Aug. 8 in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Beauty of Japanese-made sparklers sparking a market comeback
In the rekindling of a summer tradition, the voices of children resounded on the grounds of a large bookstore near Daikanyama Station in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.

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