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A Fresh Approach to Japanese Food
Offbeat  (tags: umeboshi, dried plum, Japan, French-German, Odawara, preserved, fresh, fragrance, Edo Period, change )

Naoko
- 1666 days ago - search.japantimes.co.jp
Nicolas Soergei graciously brings two tiny plates to the table. They each contain three pinkish "umeboshi" (salted, dry plums), but those on one plates have been preserved for just one year ; the ones on the other plate - whose skins are a little more
Thatched Spring in Setagaya
Offbeat  (tags: Edo Period, Setagaya, Tokyo, farmhouses, thatched, walk, takeuma, traditional, spring, bamboo, shrine, museum )

Naoko
- 1668 days ago - search.japantimes.co.jp
To slough off winter sluggishness and get into step with spring, I set a course from Seijo Gakuen-Mae on the Odakyu Line to Judaibori Minkaen - a compound of late Edo Period (1860s) thatched farmhouses in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward - and ending at Futako Tama
Tokyo Rediscovers Long-Forgotten Waterways
Offbeat  (tags: waterways, Tokyo, tourism, canals, sludge-clogged, Nihonbashi, Edo Period, neglected, history )

Naoko
- 1680 days ago - asahi.com
The custodians of the grand canals in Venice and the colorful floating markets in Bangkok need not worry about their status just yet, but in Tokyo a group of citizens is convinced it can transform the city's sludge-clogged waterways into a magnet for
Kagawa Prefecture Town Banking on Revival of Old Coins to Boost Local Industry
Offbeat  (tags: old coin, Edo period, Kagawa prefecture, Japan, Kanonji town, revival, local industry, tourists, sand sculpture, Kanei Tsuho )

Naoko
- 1702 days ago - mdn.mainichi.jp
A Kagawa prefecture town is hoping to boost its popularity among tourists and help local businesses by reviving the use of coins from Edo period. The town on Kanonji is known for its connection to the old coins, boasting a huge sand sculpture of a coin
Edo Way to Consume Less
Offbeat  (tags: book, consume less, Edo Period, night soil, recycle, Japan, energy, water )

Naoko
- 1707 days ago - search.japantimes.co.jp
Just before Japan opened up to the West for modernization and industrialization, there was an "ideal recycling society" in the late Edo Period, where even night soil was traded as fertilizer, said Azby Brown, an associate professor at Kanazawa Institute
   

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