2011 December Contents
Weekend Farming: What's It All About – Therapy, Social Interaction, Education, Match-making?
"Carrots, pumpkins, peppers, burdock, bok choy, tomatoes! Growing food is totally awesome!" fourth grader Masato shouts back. His mother enjoys growing and planting all the things they like and says, "They have a lot more flavor than what you buy in the supermarket. When you cut the carrots you can smell the carrot right away." His father is satisfied with the outcome and will soon sign on for a third year's lease. Together with Masato's seven year old sister, the family has fun tending to its 3 × 5 meter (9.8 × 16.4 in) patch of land, working mainly on the weekends.
Prosit to the 150th Anniversary!
2011 December Flash
Products Of The Month
Versatile 3-in-1 GPS
Cyclists who want to travel far from home will be pleased to know that they can now enjoy the same accurate GPS navigational guidance as do car drivers, with the Panasonic (http://panasonic.co.jp/) Gorilla CN-MC01L. The compact unit, which weighs just 215 grams (7.6 oz.), can also be used in passenger cars or even by hikers or other pedestrians.
Behind Post 3/11 Luxury
By Dave McCaughan
"Because you never know what happens tomorrow… I want to distinguish what’s REALLY necessary for me" or so said a middleaged Tokyo women in a focus group in August 2011. The experience of March 11th and the ongoing threat of the radiation scares has made millions of Japanese people reconsider priorities. You might think that luxury purchases would take a back seat in such pressured times. The real truth is rather mixed. While overall luxury spending may be down slightly, it is amazing how many luxury goods brands have found a quick recovery.