Cherry Blossoms-Sakura

Cherry blossom in Japanese is Sakura and it’s the country’s national flower. It heralds the arrival of Spring and has come to symbolize ‘renewal’ and ‘hope’. It is with great anticipation that forecasters keep the public informed, from late March to mid-April, as to the best times to view these blossoms. The cherry blossom season…

Paper Made of Stone

Limex is a new material made of limestone that can be used as a substitute for paper and plastic products. It takes its name from ‘limestone’ and the variable ‘x’. Nobuyoshi Yamasaki and Yuichiro Sumi invented this product and established a company called TBM to develop, manufacture and sell Limex. Limex paper outperforms regular paper…

Man-made Meteorites

For years, the Olympic opening ceremonies have been spectacles on a grand scale and for some it’s never too early to start planning. One startup company has a proposal for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo that is literally out of this world: launch fireworks from orbiting satellites to create a man-made meteor shower. This might sound a bit…

Surprising Side Effects

“I didn’t think I could get food poisoning from fish I caught myself,” a victim of ciguatera food poisoning said. Hideo Kadobayashi, who runs a painting and varnishing business in Osaka, took home a Spotted Knifejaw he landed off the shore of Wakayama, Japan. Nine people, including family members and some of his employees, ate…

THROUGH THE WORLD ON TWO WHEELS

A 39-year-old man recently finished an 11-year bicycle journey covering more than 150,000 kilometers — equivalent to circling the globe nearly four times! Daisuke Nakanishi spent six years working for a construction firm in Osaka in order to save enough money to pursue this goal. He left Japan for Anchorage, Alaska, the starting point of…