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Kurume kimono maker to finish 213 global kimono by spring, making one for each country or region as an Olympic project

Hironaka Notsuhara, The Nishinippon Shimbun Staff Writer The Kimono Project, with the goal of making kimono and obi (sashes) with designs representing the nature and culture of each country before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, is expected to finish sets for all 213 countries and regions in the world by March 2020. The end is in sight for this project which Mr. Yoshimasa Takakura (51), …


The northern coastal town of Noda welcomes a track & field star, an actress, and other influencers from Taiwan

Noda, a small coastal town in Iwate Prefecture, invited Taiwanese actress Mia, as well as track & field star Chen Ping Feng and other athletes on November 29 and 30, 2019. These influencers toured the town and took part in fun activities, in hopes of improving Noda’s profile as a tourist spot. Iwate Hanamaki Airport, with service to Taipei, is only about 2 and a half …


Ninohe middle school students in northern Japan learn how to make food from Gabon, their host town partner

Ninohe, a city in Iwate, northern Japan, is the Host Town to the Gabonese Republic. A great dish can serve as a great form of culture-crossing communication, so the city held a Gabonese cuisine-themed cooking class aimed at local middle school students. A registered dietician working for the city taught the students how to make various Gabonese dishes, including a tomato and chicken stew, okra stir-fry …


Students in Morioka, northern Japan, to use GAP-foods to show Team Canada that “omotenashi” spirit

-Applying to the GAP-Foods Omotenashi (Hospitality) Contest as a project team- Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, is the designated host town to Canada for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. They recently teamed up with Morioka Agricultural High School to form a project team for the GAP-Foods Omotenashi Contest. This contest is being held to showcase recipes that use GAP foods, which are …

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The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is the world’s first public bonsai art museum opened in March 2010 adjacent to the mecca of bonsai, Omiya Bonsai Village; also, a sister museum of the National Bonsai & Penjing of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C. since August 2019. You can enjoy the change of bonsai appearance throughout the four seasons with its’ permanent exhibition of 70 bonsai …


Kure City (Hiroshima Prefecture), where the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through

Kure is located in the south of Hiroshima Prefecture and has a rich history of prospering as a port city. The Yamato Museum and the Iron Whale Museum, which displays an onshore submarine, are popular tourist spots within Kure. The islands situated near Kure offer old Japanese townscapes, that are part of Japan Heritage, and breathtaking views of the islands themselves whilst being able to enjoy …

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[Part 1] Izu gears up for cycling at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Strapping on helmets and switching on our ebikes, we set off along the banks of the Kanogawa River in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, on a leisurely ride that takes in verdant, mountain-backed scenery, wasabi paddies and fishermen thigh-deep in the river casting their lines for ayu sweetfish. On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Fuji – one of about 30 views of Japan’s sacred …

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[Part 2] Izu gears up for cycling at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

―――――Click here for [Part 1] Among a varied lineup of courses on the Izu Peninsula, the 200 km Izu Isshu, or “Izu Circuit” is the pinnacle for cycling enthusiasts, who can complete it in roughly 11 hours – all in one day or with a break along the way at places such as Kona Stay. An undulating loop course with a total ascent close to scaling …

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Promotion Video Produced as Host of the Cycling Competition at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Track Race and Mountain Bike)

Izu City will host the cycling events (Track Race and Mountain Bike) at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. In order to spread the word at home and abroad, we’ve produced a promotion video showcasing the cycling venue: Izu City! Watch it on YouTube! Language: English and Japanese Story: This short movie follows a high school student and a cyclist as they adventure around Izu …

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‘Homestays in Saitama 2020’ for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

 During the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Saitama Prefecture will act as the host venue for 4 Olympic events (basketball, football, golf, and shooting) as well as one Paralympic event (shooting). Saitama is also home to a large number of charming tourist hotspots.  Saitama Prefecture has initiated the ‘Homestays in Saitama 2020′ Program to welcome Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games athletes’ families, games-related personnel, …

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