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KOKA MOCHI KOBO VIA JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                Powdered butterfly pea flowers turns mochi bright blue.
Biwako Blue food makes a splash

Taiyaki fish-shaped pastry, somen noodles, mochi and more are coming down with a case of the blues around Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture. Read more

<strong>LUCKY HEADBANDS</strong>: Hofu Tenmangu Shrine maidens hang freshly washed hachimaki headbands to dry in the sun in Hofu, Yamaguchi prefecture. The shrine distributed 3,000 headbands to students studying for their school entrance exams. Hachimaki headbands are worn for good luck. The cleaned headbands will be given to another set of students. The headbands are part of a set that includes an ema, a small wooden plaque upon which a person can write a prayer.
PHOTO: Lucky Headbands

Hofu Tenmangu Shrine maidens hang freshly washed hachimaki headbands to dry in the sun in Hofu, Yamaguchi prefecture. Read more

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                <strong>ORANGE </strong><strong>DELICACIES</strong>: A worker hung up persimmons at the Inaka Michi no Eki Yashimaya store in Marumori, Japan, in Novembder, where they were to dry for about 45 days to remove their astringency. Spring temperatures fell below zero more often than usual in Marumori, reducing the persimmon crop. As a result, the town is expected to produce only about 10% of its usual output of dried persimmons.
PHOTO: Orange Delicacies

A worker hung up persimmons at the Inaka Michi no Eki Yashimaya store in Marumori, Japan, in Novembder, where they were to dry for about 45 days to remove their astringency. Read more

THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN
                                A woman looks at a laptop at the Co-working Base Chirihama in Hakui, Ishikawa Prefecture.
University nurtures entrepreneurial students

With more and more young people aspiring to start innovative companies to tackle social problems, universities have begun teaching students entrepreneurial skills. The aim: to nurture a workforce that can revolutionize the business world. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                A man looks at Japan Airlines planes parked at Haneda international Airport in Tokyo.
Quarantine sites near airports packed

Amid omicron’s rapid spread across the globe, the Japanese government has required that people who enter Japan quarantine at government-secured facilities for three to 10 days. Read more

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                <strong>SPRINGTIME IN THE WINTER</strong>: Visitors to a hot spring hotel in Matsuyama are treated to a unique exhibition by well-known photographer Mika Ninagawa, whose vibrant works of colorful flowers are laid out across the 3,230-square-foot courtyard at the Dogo Onsen Annex. The exhibit comprises about 230 photos of brilliant roses, dahlias and other flowers, each measuring about 10-1/2 square feet. “I could feel the overflowing energy of life, and it left me refreshed,” a 47-year-old visitor said with a smile.”
Photo: Springtime in the Winter

Visitors to a hot spring hotel in Matsuyama are treated to a unique exhibition by well-known photographer Mika Ninagawa, whose vibrant works of colorful flowers are laid out across the 3,230-square-foot courtyard at the Dogo Onsen Annex. Read more

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI / NOV. 16, 2021
                                Sanhei Hattori wears smart glasses as he checks the condition of tomatoes at a greenhouse in Chofu, Tokyo.
5G project launched to help remote inexperienced farmers

The Tokyo government and NTT East Corp., a Japanese telecommunications company, have launched a trial project using 5G technology to support inexperienced farmers. With Japan’s agriculture sector suffering a labor shortage, farming experts are able to offer guidance remotely by utilizing high-speed, high-capacity 5G communication. Read more

NEW YORK TIMES
                                A man enjoys a public bath in Houki in Tottori prefecture that is heated with pellets recycled from adult diapers, above.
Aging Japan’s new fuel source

The restorative waters that flow into the public baths in this town near the coast of western Japan originate from hot springs more than two-thirds of a mile below ground. At the surface, before the water bubbles out of the spouts, it is further heated to 107 degrees — an ideal temperature for cleansing and soaking weary muscles. Read more

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                At the Intex Osaka exhibition center, 1,000 beds are set up in case Japan is hit with another surge of COVID-19 cases.
Cities prep more COVID-19 facilities

Efforts are accelerating in urban areas to develop dedicated COVID-19 treatment facilities so that patients will be able to receive swift care in the event of a resurgence of infections. Read more

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Motorcycle sales kick into high gear amid pandemic

Motorcycles have been making a comeback on the nation’s roads. Jump-started by pandemic demand for socially distanced commuting and leisure, domestic moped motorcycle sales soared in the first half of this year and are on track to hit the highest level in more than two decades. Read more


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