Letter from Japan to Europe by St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier, during his missionary in Asia, saw in Japan an impressive cultural, economic and social potential. He valued Japan more than any of the nations discovered. Read More »

Hantaro Nagaoka was the world’s first scientist to present a Saturnian model of the atom

Though some atom models were proposed in the world of physics in the early 20th century, it was Hantaro Nagaoka, then professor at the University of Tokyo, who was the first to presented a Saturnian atomic model close to the presently accepted model. Read More »

Japan brought an ethnic awakening to Indonesia

Ethnologist Iwa Kusuma Sumantri has said that the Russo-Japanese War awakened the Asian people from their sleep.  The war showed that even a large country in Europe could be defeated by a small country in Asia. Read More »

COCORO METER Measure Your stress Level

In November, 2005, the Japanese medical equipment maker NIPRO had a new instrument, COCORO METER, which uses your saliva to measure your stress level. Read More »

Editor Chisako Yokoyama takes active role on Hollywood front line

Chisako Yokoyama established a film school in 2006. She was actively involved in several films: “Good Will Hunting”, “Gladiator”, “Hannibal”, “Until The Night”, “Only The Brave, “Casshern(US version)”, and “Sayuri”. Read More »

The first successful production of glutamic acid by fermentation

Soon after the war in 1946, Benzaburo Kato, President of KYOWA HAKKO KOGYO Co., Ltd., directed his employees to develop a technique to mass produce protein. Eight years later in 1956, they succeeded in producing monosodium glutamate by fermentation. Read More »

Noh: The Cultural Heritage

Japan’s traditional performing arts of Noh 能, which developed in the 14th century, has been highly acclaimed for their artistic value by the world audiences. In 2001, UNESCO added Noh to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Read More »

Tokuji Hayakawa: Invention of a buckle that could secure a belt without using fastening holes

Tokuji Hayakawa, founder of Hayakawa Kinzoku Kougyou (the present Sharp Corporation) invented and patented in 1912 the “Tokubijo” belt buckle that could fasten a belt without perforating it. When he introduced it to the market, it led to such large orders that he started his own metallurgical processing, which then developed into the present Sharp Corporation. Read More »

In Japan, technology export is the number one in the world, too

Of the top 10 companies that acquired the most patents in the US in 2005, 5 were Japanese companies: IBM with 2941 patents, Canon with 1828 and Hewlett Packard with 1797. Fourth place goes to Matsushita Electric Industrial with 1688, fifth to Samsung Electronics with 1641, Micron Technology with 1561, Intel with 1549, Hitachi Ltd. with 1271, Toshiba with 1,258, and finally, Fujitsu with 1154. Read More »

Yamato and Musashi, the largest and strongest battleships

The battleships Yamato and Musashi were completed in 1941, and measured 263m in length, 38.9m wide, with a full load displacement of 72,809t and 10.8m of draft. Both ships were fitted with the offensive power and defensive strength of 46cm guns.

Musashi sank on October 24, 1944 at Operation Sho-Go.

Yamato was sunk by over 100 U.S. attacking aircrafts on April 7, 1945 at Operation Ten-Go.

The longest and best bridge in the world: Akashi Kaikyo

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, opened for traffic in 1998, is 3,911m in full length and the longest suspension bridge in the world in 2007. Although it was constructed in an ocean space with a rapid current, it was built with bridge technology with world record level pride.
One of the three Honshu-Shikoku Bridges which connect Shikoku to Honshu is now shared as the Kobe Awaji Naruto Expressway. Read More »

Todaiji: The temple with the world’s biggest wooden building Zoshichou, Nara-shi

Todaiji Temple of Zoshichou, Nara-shi.

In 743(Tenpyo era 15), according to an order of Kokubunji elected by the Emperor Shomu two years before, the construction of Todaiji Temple was requested as the head temple of all provincial temples in Japan.

In 747, the Hall of the Great Buddha was started to be built. A consecrating ceremony of the newly made Great Buddha was held in 752(Tenpyoshoho 4). The Hall of the Great Buddha which was 1.5 times wider than today, was destroyed by fire in two wars. The current Hall of the Great Buddha is 57m wide(east-west), 50.5m long (north-south)and 47.5m high. It was rebuilt in 1709, in the Edo era(Hoei 6). Nandai-mon, Kaizan-do and Hokke-do-raido are buildings of Todaiji Temple left from the Kamakura era.

In 1993 Todaiji Temple was registered as one of the world’s cultural heritage. It is a treasure of Global Buddhism.

The longest monorail in the world

The Osaka monorail was the longest monorail in the world with a length of 21.2 kilometres. As of April 2007, it is 28.0 kilometres long, which is still breaking the record. Read More »

Discovery of the Visible Light Flare by Tomonori Totani

By Tomonori Totani: Assistant Professor(presently Associate Professor) at Department of Astronomy, Kyoto University , April 1, 2005

By a large scale search of the universe, a phenomenon that light flares will increase greatly in only several days has been discovered emanating from the center of a seemingly usual galaxy that exists at a distance of about four billion light years from the earth. Read More »

Dr. Shigeru Omi: Leading International Health Care Authority

DR. Shigeru Omi serves as the Regional Director for the WHO Western Pacific Region. He effectively eradicated polio in the Western Pacific Region, and worked to strengthen a cooperative system of taking preventive measures against new and revived infectious diseases. Read More »

Yutaka Sado: an enthusiastic conductor impressing people around the world

Yutaka Sado, a conductor for the younger generation, is playing an active part in the world. He is the last disciple of Leonard Bernstein, a conductor in the twentieth century. Sado conducts many top-ranking orchestras in Europe and Japan. His activities expand through genres such as opera, chorus, wind music, jazz, pop and so on.

Seeking to be impressed by various forms of music, Sado conducts over one hundred performances a year, irregardless of whether they were at the professional or amateur level. In Europe alone, he has conducted 40 orchestras. His concerts are enthusiastically supported in every place. Read More »

The Japanese are a nature and flower-loving people

British well-known scholar of gardening, Robert Fortune who visited Japan in 1860 wrote in a book called “Edo and Beijing” as follows: “Regardless of social position, the clear characteristic of Japanese people is that they like flowers. If the love of flowers is a way to measure human intellectual standard, the lower classes in Japan seem to be superior, comparing to people of the same class in England. Read More »

Father of the Pioneers Kyosaburo Ohta who devoted his life to the development of the hemp industry in Davao

Kyosaburo Ohta started an import business for Japanese general merchandise in Manila in 1901. In 1905 he moved to Davao (Mindanao) with seventy immigrants and started managing a hemp plantation in undeveloped land in Bago, the Mintal Region, which at the time was avoided by Americans and even Filipinos. Read More »

Seiji Shinkai: Discovery of nanoscale machinery and microelectronics that are capable of obeying orders.

At the beginning of the 1980’s, Seiji Shinkai succeeded in creating a “supermolecule” (molecular nano-machine) that can be manipulated in the same way that meter sized or centimeter sized machines can. He developed methods of making atoms and molecules assemble, form a structure and function cooperatively. Read More »

ZEN Master Dogen Zenji

Dogen(道元)was a prominent Zen master during Kamakura period(1192-1133) in Japan.  He introduced Zen to Japan in the form of the Soto school of Zen (曹洞宗) and elaborated the meditation practice of shikan taza (只管打坐)or “just sitting.”

Dogen is world-widely known for his collection of Dharma essays, Shobogenzo (正法眼蔵). Read More »