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Made in Hokkaido technology adds color and cool to Olympics

Throughout the summer, residents and visitors to Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido were treated to some unseasonal sights. As August temperatures soared past 34 C in Hokkaido’s capital city Sapporo, exquisite cherry blossoms, Japan’s veritable symbol of spring, decorated a shopping arcade and other parts of the city as well as nearby New Chitose Airport. A few days later, children at schools and nurseries in Bibai …

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Introducing Fujiyoshida Textiles to the World with the Paris Opera Ballet PART②

As an Olympic Host Town, Fujiyoshida City has strived to implement a wide range of social, economic and cultural exchanges with the nation of France. One component of the Host Town exchange plan was the promotion of locally produced textiles to a global audience. In Part① we introduced the creation process of the actual costumes. In Part ② we want to delve into the various cultural …

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Introducing Fujiyoshida Textiles to the World with the Paris Opera Ballet PART①

As an Olympic Host Town, Fujiyoshida City has strived to implement a wide range of social, economic and cultural exchanges with the nation of France. One component of the Host Town exchange plan was the promotion of locally produced textiles to a global audience. This project was planned in conjuction with the August 2018 opening of the “Paris Opera Legends” production in Japan, starring dancers from …

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Tohoku supporters: 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Green Yamagata company using temperature difference to grow moss for cooling Tokyo

Akane Matono, The Mainichi Newspapers Staff Writer ◇Heat countermeasure, with an effect of more than 10 degrees Measures to deal with heat are an important issue for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, with the marathon and race walking venues having been moved to Sapporo, and moss from Yamagata could be another way to cool down. Specially made light boards with moss growing on them are attached …

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Hokkaido and the Olympics and Paralympics Part 1: Supporting

4. Artisan’s skills behind fairness and safety Yuri Noro, The Hokkaido Shimbun Press Staff Writer  Three kilometers to the east of central Ashoro in Tokachi Subprefecture. Table tennis table manufacturer San-Ei’s Hokkaido factory is filled with the scent of trees and rows of boards. In a deep blue with a hint of green, these are the tabletops for the Motif table, which will be used at …

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Paper bags shaped as dress shirts: A Fujinomiya business aiming for foreign tourist demand

  Tomoko Maeda, Tokyo Shimbun Staff Writer    Fuji Pack, a paper bag manufacturer based in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, has developed bags in the shape of sleeved shirts. Depending on the pattern, they can replicate the uniforms of professional teams for sports such as baseball or soccer. The company is targeting demand as replacements for plastic bags when fans buy goods from sports teams, or as bags …

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Fukushima: Hot spring town is no shrimp in low carbon quest

Amid the densely wooded Azuma mountains that back the onsen (hot spring) town of Tsuchiyu lies an unexpected and unique sight.   At the side of an unsealed mountain track, some 700 meters above sea level stands a pair of greenhouses, neither of which houses vegetables, or any other horticultural produce. Instead, each contains rows of tanks filled with water and hundreds of prawns, which scuttle …

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Local techniques used in Olympic swimsuits: Niigata Senko jointly developing fabric

High water repellency and elasticity reducing water resistance with hopes for medals For the Mizuno competitive swimsuits which will be used during the Tokyo 2020 Games, water-repellent fabric developed by Niigata Senko (based in Gosen) will be used. Its key features are high water repellency and elasticity. Mizuno has contracts with many of Team Japan’s athletes, such as Yui Ohashi, who won bronze in the women’s …

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Yuki-Tsumugi Card Cases as Souvenirs of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

On January 30, the Tochigi Prefecture Industrial Promotion Section announced that Tochigi Yuki-tsumugi had been selected as one of the traditional crafts which would be presented to people involved in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, such as International Olympic Committee (IOC) members and heads of state. Yuki-tsumugi was chosen as part of a project with the goal of promoting regional traditional crafts around the world during …

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Timber: The roots of Japanese construction is on the verge of “renaissance”

—– Continued from Part 1 “Hadano branches out to support athletes at 2020 Tokyo Olympics” Another objective of Kita Elementary’s activities is to give pupils an opportunity to meet those who protect and nurture Hadano’s forests and the work that entails. Among the officials assisting the children were members of the local forestry association.   “The tradition of managing the forest has been handed down over …

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