Respect for the Aged

Schools in Japan are beginning to introduce classes to help children deepen their understanding of elderly nursing care-related issues, such as Arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Such classes take place at primary-, middle- and high schools across the nation. Children gather in the gym to get hands-on lessons to understand the physical and mental disabilities that afflict…

1000 year old Delicacy

Did you know there is a Kamaboko Day?! November 15 isn’t a national holiday here in Japan, but it’s an auspicious day nonetheless for the specialty, Kamaboko that finds itself on the table of just about every Japanese home. Kamaboko is made from steamed white fish mashed into a paste, seasoned and shaped to form…

Helping the Blind to "See"

Guidance systems for the visually impaired to traverse crowded city streets with ease and safety have been at work for many years in Japan. On the left side of the sidewalks are raised striped and dotted tiles, easily ‘read’ through the feet of those visually impaired as they walk on them. Other conventional facilities such…

Police dog Momo!

                In what is a first for Japan and perhaps the world, a long-haired Chihuahua named “Momo” — “Peach” — passed exams to become a police dog in the western Japanese prefecture of Nara. The brown-and-white, perky Momo was one of 32 successful candidates out of 70 dogs, passing a search and rescue test by…

Clean-up starts with One Man!

  In 2006, Yuji Arakawa a young man of 20, decided to start picking up trash. His example launched what has since become a nationwide cleanup movement involving over 100,000 people. Arakawa regularly visits middle and high schools around the country, encouraging students to live boldly and positively. He has delivered this message to more…