Mrs. Kuroki was devastated when diabetes took her eyesight. Her husband created a vast flower garden in their yard, hoping that she will enjoy its scent as well as the company of visitors that it would attract. Their house is now a popular tourist spot. Photo by Morimori.
THE BEST Japan
The awesome Only in Japan tries out the Automat Diner in Isesaki City. The restaurant has no staff or kitchen; instead it has three old vending machines. It’s not fine dining, but it’s affordable, clean and unique. Funny thing is, the U.S. used to have lots of automats.
Munchies dropped down Ginza, Japan’s Bar High Five to get a look at owner Hidetsugu Ueno’s perfectly balanced and artful cocktails, and his ability to individually carve chunks of ice into glimmering diamond shapes. Ironically, Hidetsugu doesn’t even drink.
Motorhead magazine’s second parade at Japan’s famous drifting spot features Lotus and Benetton Formula One racers, a Toyota GT84, an Evora 400 and of course a handful of Nissan GT-R R35s. We think last year’s video was better, but we really can’t complain.
Nikken Cutlery sells a line of scissors that look like Japanese swords. They have blades lined with hamon, handles that look like wrapped hilts and scabbards for storage. The top-of-the-line model is based on the sword of the warlord Oda Nobunaga and costs over $300.
When was the last time a Rube Goldberg machine made your heart race? Because this classic from Japanese children’s show Pitagora Suichi is as exciting as an Indiana Jones flick. Plus it has an awesome theme song. “I’ll be there brothers, hang on, almost there!”
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