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Although the sights of Tokyo and Kyoto are well known to visitors of Japan, few have explored the very heart of the country, Gunma.
With impressive natural sights such as the Fukiware Falls and Mount Tanigawa, the quaint village of Takumi no Sato, delicious cuisine ranging from soba noodles to tonkatsu fried pork cutlets, an abundance of onsen hot springs, and much, much more, experience a whole new side of Japan in Gunma. Watch this video and get a sample of what awaits you on your next adventure.
World cities vie for power and influence, and since 2008 the Global Power City Index has been measuring their performance.
The Mori Memorial Foundation’s executive director talks to BIJ.TV about this year’s results, and what they mean for Tokyo.
July 8 marked the kickoff of ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2016, an opportunity to experience omotenashi and travel back to a time when Tokyo and nature were intertwined. BIJ.TV joined seven families as they took part in the Nihonbashi Summer Experience, admiring goldfish at ART AQUARIUM, touring gourmet offerings like the HAKUZA NIHONBASHI gold flake shop and Ninden bonito shop, and touring the COREDO Muromachi Nihonbashi area while wearing traditional yukata.
Because palm oil features in many everyday goods, it’s easy to overlook the harm its production can cause the planet. Putting sustainable cultivation first, though, is Daabon Organic Japan Co., Ltd. The firm’s Manuel A. Davila tells BIJ.TV about demand for the edible vegetable oil in Japan, its global value, and limiting its impact on land and animals.
On May 26, 2016, Knights in White Lycra (KIWL), a Tokyo-based charity cycling team of male and female expatriates and Japanese, embarked on a gruelling 520km cycle ride from Tokyo to Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, to raise funds for Mirai no Mori, a non-profit organization providing life-changing outdoor programs to needy children. KIWL founder Rob Williams, other cyclists, and Mirai no Mori’s Kozue Oka and Jeff Jenson talk to BIJ.TV about the journey, why they did it, and how the ¥9.2 million they raised will make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected, and orphaned children.