Mango but what a cost

The 1st mango auction happened over the week end in Miyazaki, impressive to see that these 2 could reach a JPY 400.000 value

Super-aging society?

Scary data and very interesting overview of the demographics trend in Japan.

What does the future bring in Japan?

 

Before Cherry Blossom

In the weeks leading to sakura week, the plum trees start blooming, the weather changes, it is still chilly but the light is brighter and the sky blue, it is a wonderful and exciting couple of weeks and everyone is waiting for cherry blossom

 

 

This year, during that period, we also had the Tokyo Marathon, so well organised, spotless, lines of water bottles waiting, volunteers along the 43km, really impressive and a nice and friendly atmosphere. If you are in Tokyo at that time, have a look, it is very peaceful and friendly, I recommend it

Kobe delights

Kobe is known internationally for the beef but actually in Japan, people say that Kobe Beef is the 3rd best after Matsuzaka and Ohmi Beef, I tend to agree

Did you know that this industry is in danger. with the ageing population, less and less people want to take over the business and the average farmers’age is currently 66.

Kobe is also known to be the bread and cakes city as it is among the ports that first opened to foreigners (Dutch and Portuguese) together with Nagasaki and you find there delicious cakes

 

Nara – more tips

Like Kyoto, Nara is known for the Tsukemono, pickled vegetables, they have wonderful traditional shops in the main street for this with all sorts of pickles and employees preparing them in the back of the shop, enjoy, there are worth the taste

 

Japan also produces Manju – biscuit filled with An, a red bean (asuki) paste, the shape varies with the season, it is always a delicious break

 

School uniform crisis

An elementary school in Ginza (Tokyo) has chosen to go for Armani designed school uniforms, although not mandatory, where does this stop!!

school uniform in crisis

Kobe

Kobe is a nice city, with a mix of port, student life and hills. I like the Kitano area with European style villas, the hills and the garden at the top, but also the restaurants in town and the cakes and bakers everywhere. It is more peaceful than Osaka and people are nice