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November 2011

VARIATIONS ON A THEME


COVER STORY
Variations on a Theme  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(322KB)

Japan's many varied theme parks and museums highlight the ingenuity of Japanese people in a wide range of fields. This month's Cover Story shows how, beginning with a look at the newly opened Fujiko ・ F ・ Fujio Museum in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, which celebrates the life and work of the eponymous manga creator.


Walk into the Movies  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(327KB)

Shonai Eigamura "movie village" in Yamagata Prefecture is known to many as the Japanese Hollywood.


Where the Visitors Are the Animals' Toys   ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(168KB)

Asahiyama Zoo Director Gen Bando explains the thinking behind the "behavioral exhibits" at the popular Asahikawa, Hokkaido, zoo.


Moving Houses  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(177KB)

At the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei, Tokyo, buildings dating from the mid-seventeenth to mid-twentieth century have been relocated and carefully restored.

 

 


Oodles of Instant Noodles  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(157KB)

Following the opening of the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture in September, Museum Director Yukitaka Tsutsui relates the history of this popular fast food form.


 

Super Tanks  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(236KB)

Acrylic panels made by Nippura Co. of Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, are used in some of the world's biggest aquarium tanks.


Paradise Re-Found  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(284KB)

Spa Resort Hawaiians in Fukushima Prefecture has re-opened for business following repair work to facilities damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11.


Transforming Ideas into Products and Services  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(132KB)

Cool Japan Strategy Promotion Program Creative Director Naoki Ito shares his thoughts on Japanese creativity.


PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
Bilateral Japan-ROK Summit  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(171KB)

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan met with President Lee Myung Bak of South Korea in Seoul on October 18.


TOPICS
Symposium on Tourism
  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(136KB)

The Special International Symposium on the Revitalization of Japan's Tourism Sector and Quake Affected Regions was held at Tohoku University in October.


TOPICS
CEATEC JAPAN  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(496KB)

Introducing some of the highlights at this year's CEATEC JAPAN, one of the largest IT and electronics exhibitions in Asia


YAMATO NADESHIKO
A Life in Chirality  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(177KB)

Professor Reiko Kuroda of the University of Tokyo is one of the world's leading experts on the subject of chirality (handedness).


SCIENCE
Oh! K Computer  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(146KB)

Jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu, "K Computer" was recently proclaimed the world's bestperforming supercomputer.


JAPAN BRAND
The JOY of Yamanaka Lacquerware  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(137KB)

A group of traditional lacquerware- making companies in
Yamanaka, Ishikawa Prefecture are producing tableware and other products that have captured the imagination of people around the world.


 


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