Nagano

Are Old People Being Dumped in Forests and Left to Die?

A young woman looks at her mother. The frail, old woman can no longer walk long distances and usually spends her days inside the house with the family. Her hair has turned white, and the foggy mist in her eyes indicates that she is losing her vision. Her daughter really loves her, but does not…
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Nagano’s Manufacturing Industry: 1 in 31 workers are Foreigners

The sound of heavy machinery, repeating the same task again and again, fills the air. On conveyor belts lie white-like-snow enoki mushrooms, taken from the cultivation room next door. From there, workers hand pick the best ones and with the help of machines, fill cardboard boxes waiting to be shipped. K.I. Ogiwara Factory and Its…

Find Out About This Japanese Artist Who Paints Pictures Using Microsoft Excel!

In Nagano, Japan, there is a unique artist by the name of Tatsuo Horiuchi. What makes his work exceptional is the fact that Horiuchi creates beautiful paintings using Microsoft Excel. Yes, you read that right! This 77-year-old Japanese man found another use for Excel, the basic computer program which is usually intended for graphs and…

Visit the Japanese Museum Dedicated Solely to Pears!

The Chugoku region of Japan, especially the San’in area, is one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Japan with curious landscapes and several nice cities. San’in is a vast region with an area of 11,680 sq. km comprising the Tottori and Shimane prefectures which are famous for agriculture and commerce. Due to its…

Snow Report for Japan’s Best Ski Resorts: 2015-2016 Season

Avid skiers and snowboarders may have been discouraged from taking their winter trips in Japan’s popular ski areas this season. The 2015-2016 season did not get off to a great start, as December 2015 looked to be the start of a record warm winter. The snow levels were not up to their usual heights and…

Take A Look At Some Of Japan’s Best Kept Secrets!

There are a few places in every country which although, sound very interesting, they do not get an influx of tourists but instead, are visited by adventure-seekers or deep travelers. When many people hear Japan, major cities like Tokyo or Kyoto typically spring to mind. Japan has a lot of lesser-known and unfamiliar places that…