2012 February Contents
What is the Quintessence of Japanese Cuisine? Kyoto’s Chefs Lead the Way as it Gains Global Status.
Yet is the Country's Government Awake To The Full Potential Of Its Justly Famous Food Culture?
Light of Hope
At the end of December, the 17th Kobe Luminarie was held in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The glittering light festival has been held annually in remembrance of the Great Hanshin Earthquake which struck the region on January 17, 1995. But this time was different. Hoping to assist others in overcoming difficulties and to inspire courage, its theme – "Light of Hope" – was addressed to the victims of last year's catastrophic Great East Japan Earthquake.
Products Of The Month
Fly, Fly Away
DaVinci, from Century Corporation (http://www.century.co.jp/), is a unique electric propeller kit that provides power to the paper planes you have folded yourself.
Behind LED Mothers
By Dave McCaughan
Mothers Think Differently
Now When a crisis hits, everyone looks to mom for help. When a national crisis hits, as it happened in Japan last year, mothers were asked to be even more protective, caring and well mothering than normal. Early last year in the April 2011 issue, I described an ongoing research series called "Real Mothers," where we have been tracking the lifestyles, interests and views of today's Japanese mothers with children. Now we have released the eighth annual report in the series, with a focus on how these women have coped in the post 3/11 era.